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. nakusa


    January 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • skc

      yeah. the dog is site seeing instead of going crazy chewing in all the free food.

      January 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mr. F


    January 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rich

    How many more dates will come and go about the end of days before the fairytale believers will get it....

    January 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. justathought

    What puzzles me, why would anyone want to go ‘wading’ around in all those dead fish? It looks like there are two people in the distance walking their dogs, plus the one taking the picture and perhaps his/her dog. We don’t know, there could be others as well.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      You don't enjoy walking on thousands of dead fish? What's wrong with you?

      January 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rockets555

    Thats a good dog, mine would be eating fish!

    January 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pensimmon

    Just read today in the paper a report from Mayan experts- the Mayans DID NOT expect the world to end this Dec- rather it is the end of a 5,000 year cycle, and the start of the the next 5,000 year cycle. Let's hope humanity does a bit better!

    January 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barb

      I don't know if the report you read is a new and/or updated one, but that's been known for quite awhile now. 🙂

      January 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunflower

      Actually the Mayan elders and spiritual leaders are quite upset that "Doomsday" has been associated with their calendar. They NEVER said anything of the sort, and are mystified as to how this stupid rumor ever got started. they find the misrepresentation insulting... I would too. Give it a rest people.

      January 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      This "doomsday prophecy" garbage is what happens when one shoehorns selected parts of another culture into their own apocalypse-obsessed culture.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Oh no. It's starting already. Is this only one of the first signs of the 2012 prophecy. Is there anything we can do to stop this phenomenon ? Are we all doomed ? Will any of us survive ?

    I'll let you all know when I make my first comment on Dec. 22, 2012.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bubba

    Try your local Sushi Restaurant.....

    January 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Spazz

    Wait! I know what happened.....some goofs set off fireworks in the middle of their roost...yeah that's it!

    January 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Puckles

    NOT NORMAL people!!! It is pretty shocking that NO ONE seems to be concerned about these events. The earth and oceans are being polluted and destroyed by governments and big business. WOW. It amazes me that people think these occurrences are something to joke about.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlueDestiny

      Yah, OK, see my other post with the explanation from a similar occurance. If you want to yell that the sky is falling, look to the utter failure of government to govern on behalf of the interests of the nation and its people – both parties of a failed and antiquated 2-party system that serve only special interests, their re-election campaigns (same thing), and the pockets of the status quo including their own pockets.

      January 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BlueDestiny

    wow, this happened elsewhere recently (2011), and was determined to be caused by a lack of oxygen in the water in the region, for explainable reasons that I don't recall the details. It was also reported on CNN, and apparently CNN reporters can't connect the dots between recent similar events... good thing the audience can do what journalists cannot.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlueDestiny

      A quick Google turned up 2 recent events right away, there were more... and yep, lack of oxygen... gg journalists who can't even Google for any semblance of research:

      Florida 2/2011 thousands of fish wash ashore due to lack of oxygen when they swim close to shore in large numbers.

      Massachusetts 10/2010 thousands of fish wash ashore due to lack of oxygen caused by warm waters.

      January 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlackAndBlueDestiny:)

      BlueDestiny said: "Massachusetts 10/2010 thousands of fish wash ashore due to lack of oxygen caused by warm waters."

      You see anything at all about "warm waters" in this article, Professor?

      January 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Baldashire Malakatasaride

    I think the 2012 thing is a red herring.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      Mayan Folklore suggests that Jose, the Mayan Calendar Maker, died and they failed to cross train another calendar guy. We have traced a request for outsourcing to China, but it appears the Mayans all died before the new calendars arrived.

      January 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Can you smoke a red herring like you would a regular one ? I would say probably yes. But damn they're hard to keep lit.

      January 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joker

    Gotcha! We are going to put the fish in Vatican Square tomorrow.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. baptistjohn

    This is the first of many series of fish-multiplying that you will see this year, followed by much bread-multiplying. hear me now or hear me later.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • baptistjohn

      @ epidi.. Lo, he will come to you when the time is right. i can not tell you the time, nor the place, nor even why. let all men who have ears to hear, and eyes to see, and minds to understand, ponder the mysteries of the great I AM. He leaves you millions of fish, and yet your people are not there. Oh where are the people. When the people meet at the waters' edge, to pray unto me, thus sayeth the lord, etc., etc, (admontions, and warnings, and mercies..., etc.)
      Soon you will find many bread multiplyings, though the people forsake me. i am always merciful. Give praise unto the great Jah. Like a thief in the night, my angels have come to visit you. Repent, Look For Me, for the day of the Lord is at hand.

      January 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JamesDSouthDakotian

    I'm not, or ever was, a person to believe in "The End of the World" or anything like that, but I do believe that things like this are the effect of our neglegence to our planet. The way I look at it, this worlds a garden. It's first caretakers kept good care of it, cause it's all they had. Now we have Ipads, Jersey Shore, and Facebook. All taking everyone's focus on treating this garden with care and RESPECT! and no im not a hippy, just a skateboarder.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • hillman

      the governments of the world will try there damnst to debunk end of the world predictions by the myans but if it was sum white guy that lived in france they would try in discret him at all.and besides they know what is going to go down in 2012 they are acting stupid like always.but in 2000 they was warning everybody that all computers would shut down and the end was at hand.u see they do this to try and keep people calm.becuz if peopel knew the world was coming to an end there would be chaos throuout the world.and now everytime there is word of dead fish or birds dying in the thousands they through the whole 2012 thing into it and laugh at the myans. well im hear to tell u all the myans did predict the end they predicted each and every moons phases and eclipses for the past 5000 years.and they jus didnt come up with the year 2012 jus out of there head jus for the heck of it.and it sickens me that if nothing is going to happen then why is it that all the politicians have there arks being built as we speak.and at 20,00,000,000 each for 200 people and to last for 5years ask them that.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      hillman, let me get this straight; you think because the Mayans accurately predicted moon phases that this 2012 nonsense MUST be true? You know that predicting the moon cycles comes from observing repeated events and then making informed predictions of future events based on knowledge of past events. You know, kind of like the OPPOSITE of this 2012 garbage.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
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