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. Hawaii Five O

    My Mountians are lovely too! 😉 lol sorry I couldn't resist

    January 4, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ Hawaii Five O:
    Twenty years ago, for a month. I just googled Kanui. Do you mean Kanu Community?
    I didn't see it.
    @ gung hoe:
    Good morning or whatever it is now. Crazy day.
    I hit the gym and shopped a little–taking off from work.

    January 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    @hawaii 5 0 they might be, but not as nice as the rockys and cost of living is alot cheaper!

    January 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. arthur uzo

    Welcome to 2012

    January 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    Are you in the city.I Would like to do that at least once in my life.
    How did you do coducting that night my friend JIF my friend

    January 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Portland tony

    Fish eating birds, hungry predators,
    and tidal flow. Duh!

    January 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe'"

    Norway...what they did with thier 15 minutes of fame. Whew!

    January 4, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hawaii Five O

    @ Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™ , It's Kunia Hawaii
    @ gung hoe , You talking about the Colorado Rockies ?

    January 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Dead herring isn't my idea of sushi...

    Agree with Portland Tony again.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dark matter

    this type of phenomenon are to increase a large amount of coral to produce more energy to the planet or gravity

    January 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dark matter

    this type of phenomenon are to increase a large amount of coral to produce more energy to the planet or gravity ,,,,,,,,,,,for the dying birds that are per reducing for dying fish are adding energy,,,why is the same ,,are you know this treatment to the planet cnn????????????

    January 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dark Matter is not too bright


      January 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dark matter

    if you have a scientist,,cnn,,show me your talent ?????????? hu!!!!!!! iam vurnerable,,,,

    January 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dark matter

    are you scared???

    January 4, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    @ Portland tony
    You are perhaps right.
    And we will also perhaps see a number of Dooms Day sayers trying to share these '15 minutes of fame'.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Ah, but saywhat, what are the Dooms Day sayers going to say when December 22nd dawns? Oops, my bad? Lol.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Astarte

      Hello Banasy, how are you today?

      January 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      That dear blogger, remains to be seen. How are you doing @ banasy?

      January 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB5

      Correction. December 21st.

      January 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
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