More dead birds in Sweden, any connection with other dead bird, dead fish cases?
It’s a story that is making headlines across the world and here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thousands of dead birds and fish are being found but no one really knows why they are dying. The places affected by the phenomena include Sweden, Arkansas, Louisiana, Maryland, New Zealand and Brazil.
Bay Area Station KTVU is reporting on the latest case of dead birds in Sweden.
About 50 dead jackdaws birds were found on the streets in the area of Falkoping, Sweden. That is about a 4 hour drive southwest of Stockholm. Scientists say that fireworks were set off in the area Tuesday night and that could possibly explain the deaths but more tests will have to be done.
Click on the video on the left for both pictures and video of the dead birds that were found near Falkoping, Sweden.
The news out of Sweden comes in the wake of news of dead birds and fish in Arkansas, Louisiana, Maryland, New Zealand and Brazil.
In the past few days news reports have been surfacing of as many as 100,000 dead and dying drum fish what were found washing up in the Arkansas River. In Louisiana, drivers had to dodge thousands of dead birds that had fallen from the sky and dotted streets and highways.
What could be causing the deaths?
Scientists say ultimately lab tests will determine the cause. Speculation that New Year’s Eve fireworks, thunderstorms, parasites or environmental toxins could be to blame.
The dead birds in Lousiana may have been killed after hitting overhead power lines, scientists say.
The deaths of dead fish along a 20-mile section of the Arkansas River is still baffling biologists who are examining the fish.
There are also reports that millions of dead fish are washing up in Maryland, in Chesapeake Bay, just outside of Washington, D. C.
Sky News is reporting that two million dead fish were found in the bay. The leading theory now is that the fish, mainly juvenile spot fish, may have died from cold water stress. The area had experienced record cold temperatures. Other large fish kills were reported in Chesapeake Bay in 1976 and 1980 but officials told Sky News that the most recent kill was likely the largest.
The New Zealand Herald is reporting that thousands of dead snapper have washed up on beaches along Coromandel Peninsula beaches. Scientists don’t know what is causing the fish to die there. The Coromandel Peninsula beaches are on the North Island, West of Auckland.
Brazil is the first Latin America city to be hit with reports of massive fish deaths. According to Hispanically Speaking News, at least 100 tons of fish, including sardines, croakers and catfish have washed up off the coast ofParaná, about a 1,000 miles north of Rio de Janeiro.
Conspiracy theorists are having a field day connecting all the occurrences, but scientists stress that it all is likely nothing more than a series of bizarre coincidences, all of which, ultimately will have a logical scientific cause.