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Norway fish suffer mystery death. Hundreds of herring are at the centre of a possible New Year murder mystery after they were found washed up on a Kvennes beach in Nordreisa municipality. The phenomenon has left scientists and locals baffled. Jan-Petter Jorgensen, who brought his Jack Russell terrier along, told TV2, “I went to see them after reading posts on Facebook. There were huge amounts of 100-200 gram herring,” told TV2, Saturday. He says he does not know exactly why they died, but two of his theories are that they could have been trapped by the tide, or ended up on land after something scared them.

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Norway fish suffer mystery death

Published on Monday, 2nd January, 2012 at 21:01 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

Hundreds of herring are at the centre of a possible New Year murder mystery after they were found washed up on a Kvennes beach in Nordreisa municipality.

Herring (illustration photo)
Herring (illustration photo)
Photo: Dagur Brynjólfsson/Flickr


The phenomenon has left scientists and locals baffled. Jan-Petter Jorgensen, who brought his Jack Russell terrier along, told TV2, “I went to see them after reading posts on Facebook. There were huge amounts of 100-200 gram herring,” told TV2, Saturday.

He says he does not know exactly why they died, but two of his theories are that they could have been trapped by the tide, or ended up on land after something scared them.

An equally mystified Jens Christian Holst, senior researcher at the Institute of Marine Research, is also holding all options open for now, including disease and recent storms.

“What we usually see regarding cases where herring end up on land is that predators or preying fish have forced them there,” he said to NRK, adding, “I’ve never seen as large amounts of herring as this.”

Meanwhile, according to Mr Jorgensen, local weather conditions have saved the population from an otherwise pungent start to 2012.

“It is 15 degrees below zero today, so the cold means they don’t smell. Nevertheless, the smell will be pretty intense in the long-run.”For pictures of the sight that greeted people in the area, click here (external link to TV2  in Norwegian).



Published on Monday, 2nd January, 2012 at 21:01 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: norwaydeadherringmystery, kvennesbeach, nordreisamunicipalityfish.





  
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