No one knows for sure what's happened in the popular hiking area in Nordreisa municipality. However, various theories have been tossed around, explains Jan-Petter Jorgensen (44), who took mass death in sight on the beach with his dog Molly. People say that something similar happened in the 80s, and there is speculation among others on the river which flows into the ocean behind a promontory on the site, may have had something to say. Maybe the fish have been caught in the long due, and then died of fresh water? Jorgensen says to Dagbladet. He estimates each individual fish to be of 100-150 grams, and that the total might be about up to 20 tons. Now he's worried about what might happen if no one comes and removing carcasses. When we talk about an environmental problem, the fish are in full resolution.UPDATE: Tons of Dead Fish Mysteriously Vanish From Norwegian Beach?!
It's hard to say Bastant what's happened here, but the first thing that occurred to me, is that herring may have been frightened upwards of saithe, says Jens Christian Holst, senior researcher at the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet. Holst emphasizes that fresh water or currents at the site also may have played a role, if necessary. storm that recently collapsed, the fish may have been downright washed ashore. Or it could be a combination. Whatever we want to have samples, if someone has taken care of a fresh sample and frozen it down, we would like to have ruled on the case of illness or not, says the researcher. How common is it with such mass death? It does not happen often. Yet there is something we see from time to time, and it is anyway a big event. Should mass death prove to be repeated several times in the same place, we are even more interested in getting the matter investigated, says Holst. - Dagbladet [Translated].
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. - CNN.