Now 100K Dead Fish Wash Up in Arkansas

Fish follow 5K blackbirds to their death

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 3, 2011 2:00 AM CST | Updated Jan 3, 2011 7:55 AM CST

(Newser) – More bizarre happenings in Arkansas: The state, reeling from the chilling sight of thousands of dead birds dropping from the sky over the weekend, is now grappling with 100,000 fish that have washed up on a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River. Officials suspect disease killed the drum fish, and note that while fish die-offs aren't unusual, the size of this one is. Officials are hopeful the phenomenon isn't the result of pollution or toxins. "The fish kill only affected one species of fish," an official tells CNN. "If it was from a pollutant, it would have affected all of the fish." Click for more on the dead birds.

Some 100,000 drum fish have washing up on a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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