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
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)

(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?)

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Jan 3, 2012 1:15 PM CST
We have a thing called a Jubilee in the south; it is when the water temp rises above the air temp and large amounts of sea life ends up the shore to escape the temp change. This usually occurs after a strong summer storm. Don't know enough about Norway to know if the time of year is right for such phenomena, but the fish here are still edible if collected quickly.
Jan 3, 2012 12:22 PM CST
Relax, they'll show up on your local seafood buffet next week.
Jan 3, 2012 11:46 AM CST
Nobody is proposing that Yahweh did it because someone asked Him to?