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. Mr. Top Hat

    So were putting our beliefs into a Calendar? it had to end somewhere, you know.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mr. Myxlptlkx

    Looks like the poor dog is looking for a place to take a sh!t where there aren't any fish!

    January 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Puckles

    tony: Go do some research and stop making ignorant comments. I never said "the banks killed the herring." I stated BIG BUSINESS AND THE GOVERNMENT are destroying the earth. The earth is being depleted of all its natural resources in the name of $. The earth is being polluted beyond repair in the name if $. Coral reefs are dying at an unprecedented rate, animals are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. In some parts of the world, fish have been studied and have been found to literally LOADED with plastic because out governments and big businesses ARE mismanaging this earth. Radioactive waste from the fracking industry is LEGALLY being dumped into waterways in some states! But the earth is NOT being destroyed by big business and the governments. Learn to read, do some research and then maybe, just maybe, you will be able to have an intelligent conversation. Until the, shut up.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Capt Hook

    I guess we know what the all you can eat special is going to be at Long John Silvers.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. homespun

    In Mobile Bay every now and then we have a Jubilee. Oxygen depletes from water forcing thousands of fish to be shocked and float to the top. Many wash ashore. Great time to stock your fridge for the year. Just wondering.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      You might be right. I'm wondering where all the seagulls are. Must be too cold for them.

      January 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Burbank

    I don't know why anyone would allow their dog to sniff around in that stuff. It's going to rub off on him and stink up the hell out of their car and house where it's warmer. I hope that dogs likes getting a bath!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Burbankl: I'm a former New England boy, now in Ft. Lauderdale...RARELY do I see a seagull... only garbage and human body parts (no kiddiing). The old English prayer that used to end as : Lord, protect us from the wrath of the Norsemen... is quite moot. I think we're already on our way out....

      January 4, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DB5

    The mayor sounded fishy when he said "The local mayor said they'll likely sink in the ocean".

    Genius! The mayor must moonlight as a marine biologist. Either that or George Costanza was standing by.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ajgorm

    that the deaths could be the first sign the end of the world is coming in 2012, as some believe ancient Mayan prophecy predicts...Yeah yeah If we make it to 2013 do not be surprised if not ohh well.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ajgorm

    Planet X !

    January 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bridget

    The same thing happened last year around this time...

    January 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steven T.

    Is it me or do people take these strange events lightly. Again, thousands of a certain species of fish wash up on the shore on a single evening and people are concerned with the smell. What if they werwe caught the day before and consumed. Are other fish or species endangered. Shouldn't there be a little more investigation/concern..

    January 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Somebody needed to call McDonalds. That's a bucnh of filet o fish sandwiches right there.

    January 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bruce

    Well, since I can't e-mail this to my list (OK! OK! So I'm old!) it appears that we're ALL gonna DIE! Washed out to sea, or not, you gonna est this??!! [It WILL be packaged, you know... or do you?... and do you care?!!].

    January 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. angryoldguy

    One more time: There is no ancient Mayan prophecy concerning the year 2012. It is the end of the Mayan long count. All that means is that a new Mayan long count begins. Not a big deal. It's like our turning the calendar from Dec 31st to Jan 1st. To be more exact, it's like when we changed from the 20th century to the 21st century. There are celebrations and traditions that go along with this change, but the world doesn't end because of it. So, chill people!

    January 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pete/Ark

    My cat is overwhelmed...says she'll marry the dog if that comes as part of the deal.

    January 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
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