From birds dropping out of the sky, to marine life floating to the surface, mysterious animal deaths are becoming a global phenomenon.
- Beebe, Ark. Dec. 31, 2010: Thousands of redwing blackbirds and at least one duck fall to Earth dead.
- Arkansas Jan. 3, 2011: 100,000 dead drum fish found along the banks of the Arkansas River.
- Point Coupee Parish, La. Jan. 4, 2011: 500 dead redwing blackbirds fall from the sky and are found scattered along a quarter-mile portion of highway.
- Chesapeake Bay, Md. Jan. 5, 2011: "Cold-water stress" kills an estimated 2-million fish.
- Sarnia, Ont. Jan. 4, 2011: Officials say hundreds of dead fish that washed up on shore in the north end of the St. Clair River were killed by temperature shock and such die-offs are not unusual.
- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil: 100 tons of Sardines, Croaker and Catfish have washed ashore dead since Dec. 30, 2010.
- Falkoeping, West Sweden, Jan. 5, 2011: 50 to 100 jackdaws, a type of crow, found dead in a snow-covered street.
- Kent, England Jan. 5, 2011: 40,000 velvet swimming crabs (also known as devil crabs) wash up on the Kent coast after dying from hypothermia in freezing sea.
- Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, Jan. 5, 2011: Hundreds of snapper fish, many of them missing eyes, wash up on local beaches.
I am sure we're all concerned about this.
It is disturbing that so many animals are suddenly dying in such numbers. Moreover it is quite inauspicious.
May they all swiftly find favourable rebirths.