2 million fish found dead in Maryland

    Millions more dead fish have turned up in Maryland following fish and bird deaths in Arkansas.








    Millions more dead fish have turned up in Maryland following fish and bird deaths in Arkansas.

    Reports of dead animals have been flooding the Internet since New Year’s Eve when 5,000 blackbirds fell from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas. The very next day about 100,000 dead drum fish washed up along a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River.

    CNN reports that officials are looking into the deaths of an estimated 2 million juvenile spot fish in Chesapeake Bay. According to authorities, tests found that the area had acceptable water quality.

    "Natural causes appear to be the reason," the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) stated in a press release. "Cold water stress exacerbated by a large population of the affected species appears to be the cause of the kill."
    MDE added, “An increased juvenile population and limited deep water habitat would likely compound the effects of cold water stress."
    Authorities suspect that disease likely killed the drum fish in Arkansas, while experts think the blackbirds became disoriented and flew towards the ground.
    Birds and fish haven’t just been dying in the United States, however.
    AsiaOne.com reports that 150 tons of farm-raised tilapia have died over the course of a week.
    Officials believe the overcrowded population of fish suffocated to death because ebb tides weren’t removing enough organic matter from the fish pens.
    "The more organic substances deposited, the less oxygen in the water. This is what killed them,” said Vu Thi Nhung, head of the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment’s Environmental Protection Division.
    Meanwhile, authorities in the United Kingdom think that cold weather killed off more than 40,000 velvet swimming crabs in Kent, England.
    “We believe the sudden temperature drop causes the crabs to suffer from hypothermia and die,” said Coastal Warden Tony Sykes told
    The Daily Mail. The U.K. recently experienced its coldest December in over a century.

    Over in Italy, the forestry commission is waiting on test results that might explain what mysteriously killed more than 1,000 birds, including turtledoves and pigeons, over the past five days.
    The Mirror reports that all of the birds found dead have a blue tinge to their beaks.




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