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.
‚ÄúBlackbirds roost communally in the wintertime, and they sleep more soundly than most animals,‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúThis is a bit unusual but not unique,‚ÄĚ he explained. ‚ÄúMost 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.
‚ÄúUntil the sky turns red and there‚Äôs a plague of locusts, this event is not that unusual,‚ÄĚ Sleeman said of the blackbirds.
They need to make seperate maps, one fish one birds
You cannot discriminate against us! we are all equal..fish, bird, eagle, egg (not so much)
BTW, in the same article where I read the stuff about the worms and beetles freezing to death, I also read about something unusual from TX.
A woman from Austin TX reports that she is seeing something weird going on with the flies down there. Supposedly, she comes home from work to find the ceiling of her kitchen covered with a sworm of flies ... She says this has never happened before ...
I say, "it's time for her to do some cleaning around the house ..." Just a thought!
Better call Billy the Exterminator she got somethin dead in her attic!
This has happened in my home, also. Flies suddenly appear. I found out that they hatch out in the walls of the house and they come into the interior of the house because of its warmer temperature. MIniscule holes around molding, windows, etc. allow the sudden influx. The best way to deal with it is to use the suction tube of the vacuum cleaner and empty the vacuum bag into a plastic bag which can be carried directly to the garbage can. (Sprays and fly strips don't work.)
I think the animals saw the Republicans gaining control of the House and commited mass suicide.
thats right, dont be surprised if more of our kind follow!
no more freebies! nooooooooooo
If it's on THE INTERNET in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS that PROVES BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUT that it MUST BE TRUE!
Paradox... you has it.
I agree that the excuses being touted by "experts" are BS bordering on "swamp gas collected around a hot air balloon and refracted the light from venus".
I think it's worth noting that this isn't happening to small mammals, reptiles or amphibians – it's specifically happening to fish and birds. So what do fish and birds have in common? Well they spend their whole lives in either the air or the water – what else are they both vulnerable to? Concussion. I'm guessing there is something being tested either in the air or the water or both that's not exactly stable and the concussive force is traveling a lot further than expected. The death numbers have also been dropping, which tracks with somebody going "oh crap, oops, this is really obvious, we need to tone it down."
Call me a conspiracy theorist, call me a loon – but don't think this is nothing just because "experts" tell you it's nothing. Experts are too afraid of being labeled a kook, a loon or a crackpot in their field to come out and actually entertain the idea that something weird's going on that can't be explained conventionally. So their responses to that effect aren't reliable because they're influenced by professional self preservation.
Poster above is right – this stuff is happening way too much, in way too many places, at way too close an interval to be random or coincidental. Especially when teenagers don't just fly through the air with clubs delivering "blunt force trauma" to a million birds at once.
If there are experts on this, then it must have happened alot before.
i would call you a loon, but be careful, they are next on the bird hit list
Even though the idea that some super weapon is being tested all around the world DOES sound a little loony, the "experts" wouldn't say that because they don't believe it because it makes no sense not because it simply sounds like someone has seen too many movies (you). Just because we cannot explain something doesn't mean their is some supernatural force or conspiracy going on. Maybe we should assume that is NOT the case rather than taking the loony route first. There is a scientific process to trying to diagnose events like this, and step 1 is not aliens or government super weapons to us level headed intelligent people.
Um.... we live in air too dodo.
its this place called harp, ha funny HARP? they are testing air frequency's that one day, 2012, they will wipe us all out. think how did china and america no about 2012? they didn't have phones, mail, and communication back then..
@Dang. The article does not say that they are experts in random bird and fish deaths. They are most likely animal experst that do other things. Not just investigate bird and fish deaths. How dumb are you?
@ the so called "experts." There is a better explenation than blunt trauma from them nesting and becoming disoriented. It looked to me like some of those birds were just falling from the sky. No trees around. Also the internet is not a good excuse either. News can travel fast with out the internet. What a lame excuse. Either you do or you don't know what happened to the animals. Don't just make up stupid crap.
Heartily agreed. somthing strange is going on. firstname.lastname@example.org . let me know if you have any theories of interest.
no, i call you mostly accurate i bet
@ Nikki – This is investigative journalism, so they wouldn't get experts unfamilar with bird deaths to comment on bird deaths. As the comments on this story show, there are plenty of experts on random bird and fish deaths (they just may not all agree (i.e. its God, government, nature, aliens, sewer gas . . .). And they're not random – as n2phat pointed out, if you connect the locations of the incidents with a somewhat straight line, they form a shape similar to an upside down pentagram. Not so random, Duh!!
JESUS IS COMING FOLKS....!!!
QUICK! GET ME A TOWEL!
Not so fast. He is not coming because he never existed. Gottenberg invented the bible.
Redis(not so)great: Gutenberg (not "Gottenberg") was the first to print a bible. The first bible was "assembled" by Constantine a thousand years earlier.
Quick, Everyone look busy!!!
I cant wait for the day that all of us will bow to Him. hahahahaha you wont even have a choice people. You will bow. Then some of us will burn. Forever.
Shucks, I'll just grab a hose and put them fires out quick like.
Yes, Jesus is coming. There is no doubt about it. All the excuses given by the experts and the skeptics will be overturned. Jesus is gonna show up and put everyone in their place. You're not gonna have the luxury of your own cognition. He's gonna mess you up, cause confusion so strong that you'll be like the birds, and your blunt force trauma will be due to your will, your pride colliding with that of your creator. I, for one, humbly bow before the master. I believe His word. His word says this will happen and it says I will be safe. Those who refuse to admit you're wrong will pay for that very refusal to pay heed to the OBVIOUS warning signs in your midst. Look-out because you're the ones He's coming for. He's coming to prove you, judge you and put you in youor place.
@ EuphoriCrest – When did Guttenburg find time to print bibles, he seemed pretty busy with the Police Academy movies.
Its amazing how these "experts" don't know exactly what it was, but of course they all know exactly what it wasn't. By shear definition if you don't know what caused it, then you don't know what didn't cause it. Its like the "experts" that came right out and claimed it was hail ignoring that fact that there was no hail storm in the area. Also ignoring the fact that hail would not target a single species of birds and do no other damage to anything else. Why would fireworks do the same thing? I can see fireworks maybe startling a few birds, but several thousand? That would have to be a pretty big fireworks display. And nobody has been able to verify if there was a fireworks display? As far as the injuries, um wouldn't you expect that from a bird that fell to the ground?
So as far as the conspiracy theories, what do you expect?
Are you serious? How do you come to a positive conclusion without eliminating possibilities? You HAVE to conclude what DIDN'T cause it before you can determine what did. Think before you speak (type).
Two numbers sum to 100. We don't know which they are. But we do know that they are not 50 and 60, don't we?
HAARP anyone? High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program:
Yeah, I think your right! A nice set of Areolas always do that to me too.
This youtube audio clip is an explanation from "the Wonders" about a weapon using electromagnetism to kill off those birds. People should check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u988N9Qk-ak
Do you mind
@Clarice: Thank you for clearing that up.
Please let this be the end of the world. Please.
If it is indeed "the end of time", I'm screwed. I went with the belief in science over religion...dang you truth and fact for being so much more convincing than fairy tales! I'll find little comfort riding out armageddon on that crazy evolution theory now!
Walker: you can always find solace in the words of god. Be at peace and stop being an a-wad.
Dang, I just got done paying off my Ford Taurus too.
Animals such as fish and birds are far more sensitive to environmental changes than we are. Its very likely that there are changes afoot, be they environmental, cosmic what have you that we simply are not aware of. Conventional science clearly does not have all the answers and mainstream scientist seem to be more concerned about protecting the fort (think 1500's catholic church) than really trying to find said answers.
Wheres Wikileaks when you need them?
haha,LMAO thats what im saying..we need a little truth here bc God even knows the govt wont tell us!!!
NOT everything is a sign that Jesus is coming, although personally i do beleive we are in the end times..but i think this is more of an indication of Pole Shift as both of these animals that are dying off are affect by earths magnetic field. TIme will tell for sure as it is only going to get worse if it is pole shift.
i like this answer too
@Rick – I agree that not everything that happens like this is a sign, but there are definitely signs – signs that tell us to wake up and pay attention – see Mark 13:32-36, Matthew 24:1-8 and Mark 13:6-8 – it is not about one particular sign, but all of them combined. Just as a woman gives birth to a child – the pains of labor will increase – cominge closer and closer together . . . . think about Acts 13:41 ‚Äú‚ÄėLook, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.‚Äô ‚ÄĚ 2Peter 3:3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come . . . Jude 1:18 – ‚ÄúIn the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.‚ÄĚ of course, there is the entire book of Revelation . . . . oh yes, there are most definitely signs – unfortunately, some will never see – even if it is put directly in front of their faces. Revelation 3:11 "I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown."
@Rick – I agree that not everything that happens like this is a sign, but there are definitely signs – we all need to wake up and pay attention – see Mark 13:32-36, Matthew 24:1-8 and Mark 13:6-8 – it is not about one particular sign, but all of them combined. Just as a woman gives birth to a child – the pains of labor will increase – coming closer and closer together . . . . think about Acts 13:41 ‚Äú‚ÄėLook, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.‚Äô ‚ÄĚ 2Peter 3:3 and Jude 1:18 speaks of the scoffers. Of course, there is the entire book of Revelation . . . . oh yes, there are most definitely signs – unfortunately, some will never see – even if it is put directly in front of their faces. Revelation 3:11 "I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown."
fallout from the oil spill and dispersants?