Experts: Bird, Fish Die-Offs No Mystery
Similar wildlife die-offs happen all the time, 'under the radar'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2011 1:41 AM CST
Updated Jan 7, 2011 7:58 AM CST
Dead pogies float in a fish kill in a pass near Bay Joe Wise on the Louisiana coast, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010.    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – Recent mass deaths of birds and fish around the world have been getting plenty of press, but these die-offs are nothing out of the ordinary, let alone a sign of the apocalypse, experts tell AP. Federal records show that mass wildlife die-offs happen about every other day, and experts believe that's probably a low estimation. "Depending on the species, these things don't even get reported," a wildlife disease expert says.

The difference now, famed Harvard biologist EO Wilson says, is that, thanks to technology, we're better able to share news of such events ... and try to connect the dots. "This instant and global communication is just a human instinct to read mystery and portents of dangers and wondrous things in events that are unusual," he says. "Not to worry, these are not portents that the world is about to come to an end." The irony, he notes, is that the recent die-offs are getting plenty of attention while the slower extinction of thousands of species because of human activity is being largely ignored. (To wit, one such story getting attention: Now turtle doves are dying in Italy.)

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B. David Mehmet
Jan 23, 2011 11:24 PM CST
The experts are full of you know what. Like we didn't have the news on TV. Because we first heard it on the news and not the Internet. And I can't remember ever hearing over 40 years of living that 5,000 birds dying at once, then 10,000 in Canada, then 8,000 in Italy, and 40,000 crabs dying in England and thousands of Octopus dying in Portugal, among thousands of fish and all in two weeks time. And that is after 10,000 jellyfish died. On top of that, it has been confirmed that the North Pole is shifting like never before, which has caused airports to re-position their runway signs:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0FDhEdQaPM&feature=player_embedded And Nasa has already admitted that super solar storms will affect the Earth around this time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waXFlrUUAH8 It is fact that solar storms can cause a polar shift. YOU HAVE TO BE ONE STUPID HUMAN BEING TO BELIEVE THE SO-CALLED EXPERTS that this is a normal event. Especially when these idiot experts try to explain how the birds died without reviewing any medical records.
Azawon
Jan 8, 2011 3:49 AM CST
Yeah. Sure. These things happen all the time.....every year. We just never had cell phones or the internet until this month, so we couldn't record it or discuss it. They must really think we're stupid.
giacomogiaxon
Jan 8, 2011 1:46 AM CST
I see Well can we now see this phenomenum extended to the species really threatening the existence of the planet The Human Race which is breeding itself and the planet out of existence and suicidally preventing any natural culling which till now has controlled its over-breeding JJ