Dead Fish Blanket Norwegian Beach— Then Disappear

Herring appear on New Year's Eve then vanish

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 3, 2012 11:17 AM CST

(Newser) – First more dead blackbirds in Arkansas, now dead herring in Norway. Tens of thousands of fish blanketed the beach in Kvaenes, a town located north of the Arctic Circle, on New Year's Eve, reports the AP. A marine researcher speculates that they were forced ashore in a bid to escape predators, or died in a big Christmas Day storm. And just as locals began to debate how they would remove the approximately 20 tons of dead fish before the creatures began to decay, they disappeared. The researcher says the herring likely just washed back into the North Sea. (Is it deja vu all over again?)

In this image taken Saturday Dec. 31, 2011  Molly the dog walks amongst the dead herring on a beach  at Kvaenes northern Norway.
In this image taken Saturday Dec. 31, 2011 Molly the dog walks amongst the dead herring on a beach at Kvaenes northern Norway.   (AP Photo/Jan Petter J?rgensen / Scanpix / Norway)
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