Tons of dead fish appear on, then disappear from Norwegian beach
A dog walks among tons of dead herring that washed up on a beach at Kvaenes in northern Norway on New Year's Eve.
January 4th, 2012
11:02 AM ET

Tons of dead fish appear on, then disappear from Norwegian beach

Tons of dead herring that washed up on a Norwegian beach on New Year's Eve are now gone, and no one is sure how they got there or where they went.

Local resident Jan-Petter Jorgensen told Norway's TV2 he went to look at the thousands and thousands of fish after seeing a Facebook posting about them, according to a report on The Foreigner.

Joregensen said it was fortunate the icy cold prevented the mass of dead fish from raising a stink.

“It is 15 degrees below zero today, so the cold means they don’t smell. Nevertheless, the smell will be pretty intense in the long run,” he said, according to The Foreigner report.

Turns out that wasn't a problem. Views and News from Norway reports that as of Tuesday, most of the dead fish were gone, perhaps pushed out to sea by tides and winds. The local mayor said they'll likely sink in the ocean, according to the report.

Why they came to be on the shore remains a mystery.

Jens Christian Holst of the Institute of Marine Research in Norway told Norwegian Broadcasting the herring may have been chased ashore by predators, the Views and News report said.

“In this area, we know there is a lot of (pollock) that graze on (herring),” he said.

Seems like a reasonable explanation.

Of course, on the Web there are always more troubling theories around, including that the deaths could be the first sign the end of the world is coming in 2012, as some believe ancient Mayan prophecy predicts.

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  1. marklar

    meanwhile in Africa

    January 6, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. faboge

    remember that environmental factors that people love to deny?

    February 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BooBoo La Rue

    Hope the dolphins were smart enough to wait around for the backwash..

    February 3, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. BooBoo La Rue

    If that were my dog I'd never get her out of there. She'd be doing the upside down worm on top of those fish from one side of the bay to the other.

    February 3, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Timothy Ryan Richardson

    Everyone Realize what that is. Its a Sign from Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He's coming sooner than you think. Look around the World today, look at the Sin that is corrupting your CHildren, Grandchildren, Parents, and so on. I Pray that they Repent of ther eSins and beg our Lord to Send the Holy Spirit down and Save there Soul! Jesus is coming soon and I want to thank my Lord for that!

    April 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
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