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. du

    i smelln a red herring in this

    January 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Trudy Johnson

    What kind of predator would chase that many herring onshore? Only one that I know. Godzilla!

    January 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Yeah, and then the same predator chased them all back into the ocean! It's all explained away!

      January 4, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John

    HUMANITY HAS REACHED ITS HIGHEST POINT. THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO GO NOW, THATS DOWN!

    EVERY CIVILIZATION RISES AND FALLS. REVELATIONS ARE UNFOLDING INFRONT OF YOU. DONT TURN YOUR EYES AND EARS AWAY FROM THE TRUTH, IT IS WRITTEN IN TIMOTHY CH 4 VS 4. BIBLE. BOOYEH!

    January 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickeydacrious

      While many are turning their ears and eyes away they are turning them to fables... These are but the labor pains that we are going through. Know to keep your eyes and ears open for the signs – for there will be many false Christ, some will say I am the Christ decieving many. There will be many rumors of wars and wars, nations will rise up against each other, there will be famines, diseases, , and earthquakes in various places... these are just the beginning of the sorrows... Mathew 24:3 -8

      January 6, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    @bciah©, re: 6:53 post:
    You're on a roll, Sparky!

    January 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @banasy©

    Thank you. I'm glad someone caught that. Guess I'm showing my age again. aay?

    January 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cyclop9

    More & more there are stuff happening that defies human understanding, explanation and intelligence...time to sit and ponder...

    January 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Guest

    Interesting "explanation", yes!

    Then again, Herring get "chased by predators" regularly, but how often do you see an entire beach filled with them, LOL?

    January 4, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      In the original article a Marine expert also says he's never seen anything close to this magnitude, but CNN forgot to include that part.

      January 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @bc(iah)©:
    We're not old, dear. We're *wise*.
    Oh, yes we are, eh?

    January 4, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • panasy©

      More 'old' than 'wise', Fruit Loop! Anyway, can't you do more of your off-topic posting at the 'old people' home, ha ha?

      January 4, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tcr c2

    Yummy rolly polly fish heads in tonights spaghetti scrumptious

    January 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @banasy©

    Yeah, you're right, we are wise. But at one time, according to my daughter when she was in her mid-teens, my wife and I were the dumbest creatures on this planet. All her teenage friends had all the answers, and we knew nothing about life. With my life experiences, I was never able to understand that. Well, the funny part is, my granddaughter is almost fifteen years old now. Guess who the new dumbest people on the planet are ? And to my granddaughter, my wife and I are the smartest people she knows. Is that priceless or what ?

    January 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. john

    I wonder what fish smelled like before ladies went swimmin

    January 5, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • aude

      ask your mother and your grandmother. maybe they can answer you stupid question.maybe your mother has a better understanding why she has an idiot son to ask such stupid question

      January 5, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. shamar

    The angels in heaven dont even no wen the worlds going to end so hows man on earth gonna no aint no man on this earth no god an if u is im throu praying cause were going down

    January 5, 2012 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    @panasy©:

    Crescere e lasciami in pace, troll.

    January 5, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    GEE SHAMAR,THAT MAKES GOOD SENCE TELL US SOME MORE ,PLEASE.

    January 5, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 6, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
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