02 January, 2011

Arkansas Fishkill and Dead Birds, A Weird Coincidence?

Two 'mysterious' incidents happened in the state of Arkansas, one right after the other.

December 30, 2010, an estimated 100,000 dead drum fish floated in the water and lined the banks of the Arkansas River near Ozark. Officials said fish kills occur every year, but the size of the latest one is unusual, and suggested some sort of disease was to blame. The fish kill only affected one species of fish, just drum fish.

December 31, 2010, just before midnight of New Year's Eve, thousands of dead black birds fell from the sky in the town of Beebe, about 125 miles from Ozark. No other dead birds were found outside of that area.

Various reasons for the mystery have been put forward.
- that the birds showed physical trauma, and that the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail.
- that New Year's Eve revelers shooting off fireworks in the area could have startled the birds from their roost and caused them to die from stress.
- that birds were not poisoned, similar events have occurred elsewhere and that test results usually were inconclusive.

I say, these two incidents are related... 
Birds love fish. Fish floating on water is easy to catch. Maybe something leaked out of somewhere poisoning the fish, hence, poisoning the birds. Birds feasted and later dropped.

or, they are not related, just a coincidence...
The bacteria or microbes that pollute the river were capable of harming only one species, the Drum Fish.
Then, the death of the birds has a relation with the tornadoes that swept through Arkansas and neighbouring states on December 31.

A very strange and very infrequent occurence, but not unprecedented. also happened over the Philippines January 29, 1945, and scared the heck out of some guerilla bands, on their way behind enemy lines in Cabanatuan. It happened in the middle of a dark night. Also black birds. It has to be some weather phenomenon.

Everything happens for a reason. Coincidence or not, let's just wait for the experts' official findings.

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