Mass animal deaths scrutinized as Google map cites numerous incidents
The deaths of 5,000 blackbirds in Arkansas is one of several recent instances of mass animal deaths across the world.
January 7th, 2011
01:06 PM ET

Mass animal deaths scrutinized as Google map cites numerous incidents

Five thousand blackbirds in Arkansas. One hundred pelicans near Jacksonville, North Carolina. Three hundred doves in Italy. Seventy bats in Tucson, Arizona. Thousands of fish in Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brazil and the United States.

Google is now hosting a map of incidents of mass animal deaths around the world. Google Maps' distinctive blue balloons indicate where the deaths took place. Click on a balloon, and the map provides you with a link to a news report on the incident.

As of Friday afternoon, there were about 30 cases pinpointed on the search engine's mapping site, most of them in the U.S. and Europe.

Some might say it's getting spooky - and not just by conspiracy theorist standards - but experts tell CNN Radio that theories of UFOs and secret government weapons are, naturally, far-fetched.

In the case of the Arkansas blackbirds, wildlife buffs have said that a loud noise or other event may have precipitated the blunt-force trauma that killed the birds. Of all the notions about their deaths, Susie Kesielke, curator of birds at the Los Angeles Zoo, believes the theory that fireworks startled the birds is the most plausible.

“Blackbirds roost communally in the wintertime, and they sleep more soundly than most animals,” Kesielke said, adding that the birds were shocked awake and extremely disoriented.

Jonathan Sleeman, director of the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, said his office has investigated 16 mass bird deaths in the past 20 years.

“This is a bit unusual but not unique,” he explained. “Most of the cases involved pesticides or poison ingested by the birds, but trauma has also been found to be the cause of mass bird deaths."

Good to know experts aren't buying that Armageddon is upon us. Offering even more comfort is the blog Universe Today, which suggests that the deaths aren't so much strange as they are "a symptom of the digital age where news travels faster than you can say, 'The End is Nigh.' "

It cites a Time magazine article that details several strange mass animal deaths and wonders "if the internet age allows us to connect the dots where there are none to be connected."

As for connecting dots, the blog suggests that the map on Google could be laid on top of a "current global oil exploration map to test the hypothesis that the deaths could have been caused by ground-penetrating tomography."

In any case, it seems level heads are prevailing for now - at least until scads of humans succumb to spontaneous combustion.

“Until the sky turns red and there’s a plague of locusts, this event is not that unusual,” Sleeman said of the blackbirds.

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  1. Lisa

    Whatever is causing the mass deaths is just sad. I can't help but think that mankind has done something to cause it all. That worries me more than anything else.

    January 14, 2011 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. KANE

    I see a whole lot of slander but very little credible arguments which explains my lower 85% theory. My argument for open and rational thinkers...birds, mass amounts of birds, don't just fall out of the sky in one concentrated location at one specific time from ANY possible or rational reason. Birds in flocks, even if exposed to some kind of poisonous gas wouldn't all died at the same exact time and it wouldn't be happening all over the world in different species of animals. Plus, the birds would metabolize the poison differently from bird to bird and there would likely be a wide area of dead birds and other animals for that matter. They would have traces of the poison which the birds do not. What the birds "apparently" do have is blunt force trauma. Let me think for a moment what causes blunt force trauma...hmmm, oh yeah, fricken hitting something! So, if these birds have blunt force trauma from flying into a building in an area without buildings then that would be kind of tough to explain unless what they're flying into isn't visible at all...hmmm. Yeah, the blunt force trauma could be caused by hitting the ground but without traces of any contaminates...what caused them to all hit the ground at the same time in the same place? A few isolated and medically or scientifically explainable incidents around the world is what mainstream media and one track mind scientists are referring to when they say this isn't unheard of and don't get worried. They think they can manipulate us into non-thinking robots. That we'll believe whatever we're told. Mass deaths happening all over the world at basically the same time in different species cannot be explained by any rational, scientific thinking and IS totally unheard of. What we are starting to see all over the world from mass deaths to significant and unprecedented weather changes and natural disasters should not be taken lightly. It is a scientific fact, not biblical, that the Earth and galaxy are going through a scheduled alignment and scientists in a whole have no idea what affects this can have on the planet. They can only refer to the past and the last time this happened a huge event took place...an Ice Age. It's not like any of us can really do anything about it so worrying every day until the big event happens (if it does) is dumb. I would just prepare for the worse for yourself and your family otherwise good luck drinking your own urine when water supplies are gone. If you truly believe the smoke the media is blowing up your asses about this and all the other really odd stuff that has been happening lately then you need to educate yourself on common sense. The skeptics will remain skeptics because its safer in their little 2ft box of reality to just ignore the obvious happenings and continue to live oblivious to their surrounding until they take a meteor or an alien probe up their ass.

    A couple THEORIES I wanted to comment on:

    -fireworks scared the birds, they flew off disoriented and somehow all hit an invisible wall and died in the same general area.

    this is definitely the dumbest of all theories for the mass bird death event. This makes sense how? Oh, that's right, this year was the first time birds all over the world have heard a fricken firework explode...seriously? this is someone's honest idea?

    -Maybe cell phones are causing this.

    Standard radio and cell phone frequencies do not cause mass, sudden deaths. Note the word "standard"

    -rapid changes in water temp can cause a drop in oxygen causing mass deaths in fish.

    This is true however doesn't work in this scenario considering the locations of the mass fish deaths and the waters they're in. Totally different climates in totally different waters. Again, this is explainable in isolated incidents.

    Everything we see and are experiencing...weather, death, famine, etc...can all be explained as isolated events but when things start happening large scale that have been seen, predicted, found in ancient scripts and bible codes only explainable thru a higher power for thousands of years from different cultures on different continents then everyone should start taking notice. Turn the History channel on every once in a while. Watch some damn Discovery. Stop getting your information from news channels with a government agenda and commercials during American Idol. Think for yourself and think outside your box. Bottom, sad line...85% of the human population on this planet are a bunch of mindless, follow the leader, robots who can't see past the nose on their own face. They're too scared to see the truth so they live in a fantasy world and criticize others for out of the box thinking. Yeah, two old men are making the totally unexplainable crop circles that the media refuses to cover. There are over 350 unexplainable crop circles. The same crop circles that have been investigated by renowned scientists who can only connect the formations to plasma vortex's caused from space. Who the hell is causing the vortex's. Go ahead, Google them and look at the crop circles that don't look like an old man walked around with a board. And of course we're on the only habitable planet in a never ending existence of space time and matter where there are literally millions and millions of solar systems and planets that could easily be in the optimal zone for life. This is how we think. Closed off and oblivious. It frustrates me how narrow minded people are on this planet even after all the damn information out there to come to a more sensible conclusion. All this stuff is connected and soon we will all be in agreement on that.

    Something big IS going to happen and we're seeing the slow affects now. When and what...well, that's the million dollar question.

    January 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. KANE

    I see a whole lot of slander but very little credible arguments which explains my lower 85% theory. My argument for open and rational thinkers...birds, mass amounts of birds, don't just fall out of the sky in one concentrated location at one specific time from ANY possible or rational reason. Birds in flocks, even if exposed to some kind of poisonous gas wouldn't all died at the same exact time and it wouldn't be happening all over the world in different species of animals. Plus, the birds would metabolize the poison differently from bird to bird and there would likely be a wide area of dead birds and other animals for that matter. They would have traces of the poison which the birds do not. What the birds "apparently" do have is blunt force trauma. Let me think for a moment what causes blunt force trauma...hmmm, oh yeah, fricken hitting something! So, if these birds have blunt force trauma from flying into a building in an area without buildings then that would be kind of tough to explain unless what they're flying into isn't visible at all...hmmm. Yeah, the blunt force trauma could be caused by hitting the ground but without traces of any contaminates...what caused them to all hit the ground at the same time in the same place? A few isolated and medically or scientifically explainable incidents around the world is what mainstream media and one track mind scientists are referring to when they say this isn't unheard of and don't get worried. They think they can manipulate us into non-thinking robots. That we'll believe whatever we're told. Mass deaths happening all over the world at basically the same time in different species cannot be explained by any rational, scientific thinking and IS totally unheard of. What we are starting to see all over the world from mass deaths to significant and unprecedented weather changes and natural disasters should not be taken lightly. It is a scientific fact, not biblical, that the Earth and galaxy are going through a scheduled alignment and scientists in a whole have no idea what affects this can have on the planet. They can only refer to the past and the last time this happened a huge event took place...an Ice Age. It's not like any of us can really do anything about it so worrying every day until the big event happens (if it does) is dumb. I would just prepare for the worse for yourself and your family otherwise good luck drinking your own urine when water supplies are gone. If you truly believe the smoke the media is blowing up your asses about this and all the other really odd stuff that has been happening lately then you need to educate yourself on common sense. The skeptics will remain skeptics because its safer in their little 2ft box of reality to just ignore the obvious happenings and continue to live oblivious to their surrounding until they take a meteor or an alien probe up their ass.

    A couple THEORIES I wanted to comment on:

    -fireworks scared the birds, they flew off disoriented and somehow all hit an invisible wall and died in the same general area.

    this is definitely the dumbest of all theories for the mass bird death event. This makes sense how? Oh, that's right, this year was the first time birds all over the world have heard a fricken firework explode...seriously? this is someone's honest idea?

    -Maybe cell phones are causing this.

    Standard radio and cell phone frequencies do not cause mass, sudden deaths. Note the word "standard"

    -rapid changes in water temp can cause a drop in oxygen causing mass deaths in fish.

    This is true however doesn't work in this scenario considering the locations of the mass fish deaths and the waters they're in. Totally different climates in totally different waters. Again, this is explainable in isolated incidents.

    Everything we see and are experiencing...weather, death, famine, etc...can all be explained as isolated events but when things start happening large scale that have been seen, predicted, found in ancient scripts and bible codes only explainable thru a higher power for thousands of years from different cultures on different continents then everyone should start taking notice. Turn the History channel on every once in a while. Watch some damn Discovery. Stop getting your information from news channels with a government agenda and commercials during American Idol. Think for yourself and think outside your box. Bottom, sad line...85% of the human population on this planet are a bunch of mindless, follow the leader, robots who can't see past the nose on their own face. They're too scared to see the truth so they live in a fantasy world and criticize others for out of the box thinking. Yeah, two old men are making the totally unexplainable crop circles that the media refuses to cover. There are over 350 unexplainable crop circles. The same crop circles that have been investigated by renowned scientists who can only connect the formations to plasma vortex's caused from space. Who the hell is causing the vortex's. Go ahead, Google them and look at the crop circles that don't look like an old man walked around with a board. And of course we're on the only habitable planet in a never ending existence of space time and matter where there are literally millions and millions of solar systems and planets that could easily be in the optimal zone for life. This is how we think. Closed off and oblivious. It frustrates me how narrow minded people are on this planet even after all the damn information out there to come to a more sensible conclusion. All this stuff is connected and soon we will all be in agreement on that.

    Something big IS going to happen and we're seeing the slow affects now. When and what...well, that's the million dollar question

    January 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Goliath

      I'm glad someone else could chime in who sees the absurdity in most of these posts. I am thankful for the upper 15% who do not feed into the matrix

      January 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. abcdef12345

    The Chinese have some scary advanced scary Military weapons, and they reach into the US..and around the world.

    January 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. KANE

    I like how most of my posts don't even show up. Fantastic Blog!

    January 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve Watt

    Found this nice animated presentation of the recent bird and fish kills

    http://www.thejoyluckclub.com/Mass_Fish_and_Bird_Killing_2011.htm

    January 15, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve Watt

    Chronological presentation of the recent fish and bird kills
    http://www.thejoyluckclub.com/Mass_Fish_and_Bird_Killing_2011.htm

    January 16, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DubiousClaims

    I would like to see a google map of all of the current natural disasters.

    January 16, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob Westwood

    Described as fortean events... see what that means here:
    http://www.fourgreensteps.com/infozone/world-news/general/sudden-fish-kills-bird-die-offs-and-other-fortean-events

    January 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Obvious Cat

    Animals are finally sick of all the chemtrails.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. Obvious Cat

    Animals are finally sick of all the chemical contrails.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. telson

    Hos 4:3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls (ofe – birds) of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

    Hosea 4:3 is the word languish, which is  hebrew amal. Amal is in this verse such verb tense, which means to be or grow feeble and to languish. The Bible has the prophecy that because of sin of men everyone who dwelled in the earth shall languish (weaken) (diseases, sudden deaths). The Bible says that animals in the field, birds and fishes weakens and fishes shall disappear from the seas. I believe that this means deaths and mass deaths of animals.

    Hosea 4:3 says also that the man poison the fields, which causes weaken and deaths to animals, which eat the harvest of the fields. This partly explains mass deaths and disappearing of the honey bees.

    It is very clear that the activities of the men have been polluted, poisoned and destroyed the nature, the oceans and the seas. This means that animals, birds, fishes and so on have died and shall come to die (mass deaths). The Bible tells this very clearly.

    Hosea 4:3 shows for us also that weakening is the reason to deaths. This means that man made pollutants, toxic chemicals and environmental poisons influence to animals that they weaken and die.

    Hosea shows for us also that all (also people) who dwelled on the earth shall suffer from this. In the last days, many people shall die to several diseases, which due to poisonous substances made by the men. All over the world die daily many people, but it doesn't necessary awake people and therefore, God says in the Bible that when animals begin to die (mass deaths) so it is time to wake up from the sins, and it is the time to believe in the Lord Jesus.

    More info:

    http://koti.phnet.fi/petripaavola/massdeathsofanimals.html

    January 19, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. katie24

    For the person quoting the bible...I am a Christian but your quotes are confusing me. You quote scripture from Hosea who was a prophet from the Old Testament prior to the birth of Christ. The events he spoke of (which you quote) appear to be meant for current day people and the fate the lies them since they did not yet have Christ to save them from sin. I'm curious at how you are drawing connections to that to current events?

    January 19, 2011 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ann

    I believe that the massive global deaths of the animals IS indeed a sign; whether biblical or not, it is a sign that that a huge change is happening in our world. All hollywood glamor aside, birds don't just fall out of the air for no reason and fish don't die just because of cold water (at least, realistically, not on this scale). Polar reversal, possible. Global warming, possible.
    whatever it is, we will either endure it or face a collapse.

    January 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. God's daughter

    The earth is having unprecedented flooding, horrible natural disasters, and mass die offs of creatures...read your bibles as in case you can't see it or notice it, the US has turned it back on God. "hear the word of the Lord, You children of Israel, for the lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land;: "There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint. With bloodshed upon bloodshed. THEREFORE, THE LAND WILL MOURN; AND EVERYONE WHO DWELLS THERE WILL WASTE AWAY WITH THE BEASTS OF THE FIELD AND THE BIRDS OF THE AIR; EVEN THE FISH OF THE SEA WILL BE TAKEN AWAY" Hosea: 4: 1- 3. Our country is ripe for judgment and the Lord has taken his protective hand away from America. Let's see what happens next in the mix of all this calamity and mayhem in the world. Heads up, Jesus is coming and hope He comes soon!

    January 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • believer

      i agree that the Lord has turned His back on america, and rightly so, after we turned our back on Him. we removed Him from everything mandated in our daily lives, work, school, the law. we are the country of sodom and gamora, where the wrongdoings are being protected by the law, and the influence, or temptation, is spreading.

      if all of these disasters aren't a sign, and all of these mass deaths aren't a sign, then what would be a good sign?

      February 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spiritborn

      Since you seem to hope for His soon return I thought you should read this scripture...

      Amos5:18 Woe to you who are longing for the day of יהוה! What does the day of יהוה mean to you? It is darkness, and not light,
      Amos 5:19 as when a man flees from a lion, and a bear shall meet him; or entered his house, rested his hand on the wall, and a serpent shall bite him.
      Amos 5:20 Is not the day of יהוה darkness, and not light? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?

      February 10, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
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