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Thousands of Dead fish wash ashore in Folly Beach SC

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posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 05:12 PM
What's going on?
Birds, fish, crabs, star fish, jelly fish?
What in the world is happening?

A nationwide scare involving mass deaths of fish and birds has now hit ground locally.

A giant fish kill has occurred at Folly Beach, and according to a report by The Post and Courier, one standing at the end of the pier can see a seemingly never ending line of dead fish in both directions.

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have confirmed that thousands of dead fish washed ashore behind the former Holiday Inn at Folly Beach and say the fish are all of the same species -- Menhaden.

"We're still waiting to see if DNR can come up with some kind of a clue as to why this happened." Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin said.

If the Fish are not washed away by the tide, Folly Officials will be responsible for the clean up.

Bill Troy was out for his morning jog when he noticed thousands of the silver sided fish washed up on the shore.

" I came down this morning and right now I cam back and saw a bunch of dead bait fish," He said.

Thursday morning's discovery on Folly Beach adds to a nationwide mystery involving similar occurrences of mass fish and bird deaths.

The incident joins recent wildlife deaths at Chesapeake Bay and Lebanon, Tennessee -- adding to a steady growing list of similar incident across the nation.

In the Chesapeake Bay incident, as many as 2-million fish were found dead in what wildlife experts have attributed to cold water stress. In Lebanon more than 100 birds were discovered dead along a highway.

DNR officials believe the incident at Folly to also be cold related as we are experiencing ocean temperatures off the Carolina coast that are below average.

DNR biologist Phil Maier said the fish generally school in groups of 100,000 or more so the kill was relatively small. The fish are about 6 inches long.

Two weeks ago Isle of Palms beaches were also littered with dead sea life. Dead starfish and jellyfish washed ashore in what experts also attributed to cold weather and cold water temperature.

posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 05:16 PM
I only live about 25 miles from the SC coast. This is hitting VERY close to home.
Cold water? just off the coast the water temp. is still 69*F. I ain't buying it.
edit on 6-1-2011 by Quadrivium because: spelling

posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 05:23 PM
reply to post by Quadrivium

What's going on? Birds, fish, crabs, star fish, jelly fish? What in the world is happening?

Its all normal, nothing to worry about.

posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 05:24 PM
reply to post by Quadrivium

The fact that these "die-offs" are no longer a local phenomena points to a more nefarious cause. They appear to be a worldwide event. Are TPTB are putting a depopulation tactic into play?

posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 05:33 PM

Originally posted by Agent_USA_Supporter
reply to post by Quadrivium

What's going on? Birds, fish, crabs, star fish, jelly fish? What in the world is happening?

Its all normal, nothing to worry about.

THANKS! That is very reassuring................................NOT!

posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 05:34 PM
While the temperatures here in South Carolina have been a little chilly lately according to my recollection and watching averages this is nothing out of the ordinary. In past winters we have had worse and colder winters in my 44 years of living in South Carolina. There is no way these fish died from cold water. The coast has not been that cold for a long enough period of time to affect the ocean temps to that degree. I have never seen or heard of this in South Carolina in my lifetime.

posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 05:39 PM
reply to post by millionairemommy

Been living near the coast all my life (37) and I have not seen anything like this either Mil.Mom. Like I said I checked the water temp just this morning and it was still 69*F just off the coast.

posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 05:39 PM
You know, I feel this is a sign that the earth and its delicate balance are finally giving up. They can only take so much of man's tyranny, pollution, disease, and destruction.... the signs are everywhere and now they are more in-your-face than ever. I'm not a fan of 'THE END IS NEAR!' fear-mongering, but that statement has become extremely self-evident recently.... jeez, as if I wasn't paranoid enough before the animals started dying..

posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 05:51 PM
Oh great, more dead fish.
So can someone tell me what is going on here

posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 07:46 PM
reply to post by x0shadow0x

Diversion tactic? Keep our minds off of how bad things are going to get? Or to keep our minds off of what is happening? Or just nature?
These kinds of mass deaths in fish and birds are not all that uncommon. They actually happen almost yearly. BUT....... I never remember so many happening this frequent or wide spread.

posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 08:00 PM
It's interesting how all this happened after the holidays. Otherwise the negativity would be hooked up with Christmas However, it punctuates the New Year. Also if it had happened during the holidays more people off work might notice weird happenings, and we would all be hovering around the news and internet coommenting even more. I thought it was too quite there for the past month. This is almost like passive aggressive terrorism of some sort... but Who? What? Why?

posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 08:31 PM

FACT CHECK: Mass bird, fish deaths occur regularly

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WASHINGTON (AP) - First, the blackbirds fell out of the sky on New Year's Eve in Arkansas. In recent days, wildlife have mysteriously died in big numbers: 2 million fish in the Chesapeake Bay, 150 tons of red tilapia in Vietnam, 40,000 crabs in Britain and other places across the world. Blogs connected the deadly dots, joking about the "aflockalypse" while others saw real signs of something sinister, either biblical or environmental.

The reality, say biologists, is that these mass die-offs happen all the time and usually are unrelated.

Federal records show they happen on average every other day somewhere in North America. Usually, we don't notice them and don't try to link them to each other.

"They generally fly under the radar," said ornithologist John Wiens, chief scientist at the California research institution PRBO Conservation Science.

Since the 1970s, the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin has tracked mass deaths among birds, fish and other critters, said wildlife disease specialist LeAnn White. At times the sky and the streams just turn deadly. Sometimes it's disease, sometimes pollution. Other times it's just a mystery.

In the past eight months, the USGS has logged 95 mass wildlife die-offs in North America and that's probably a dramatic undercount, White said. The list includes 900 some turkey vultures that seemed to drown and starve in the Florida Keys, 4,300 ducks killed by parasites in Minnesota, 1,500 salamanders done in by a virus in Idaho, 2,000 bats that died of rabies in Texas, and the still mysterious death of 2,750 sea birds in California.

On average, 163 such events are reported to the federal government each year, according to USGS records. And there have been much larger die-offs than the 3,000 blackbirds in Arkansas. Twice in the summer of 1996, more than 100,000 ducks died of botulism in Canada.

"Depending on the species, these things don't even get reported," White said.

Weather - cold and wet weather like in Arkansas New Year's Eve when the birds fell out of the sky - is often associated with mass bird deaths, ornithologists say. Pollution, parasites and disease also cause mass deaths. Some are even blaming fireworks for the blackbird deaths.

So what's happening this time?

Blame technology, says famed Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson. With the Internet, cell phones and worldwide communications, people are noticing events, connecting the dots more.

"This instant and global communication, it's just a human instinct to read mystery and portents of dangers and wondrous things in events that are unusual," Wilson told The Associated Press on Thursday. "Not to worry, these are not portents that the world is about to come to an end."

Wilson and the others say instant communications - especially when people can whip out smart phones to take pictures of critter carcasses and then post them on the Internet - is giving a skewed view of what is happening in the environment.

The irony is that mass die-offs - usually of animals with large populations - are getting the attention while a larger but slower mass extinction of thousands of species because of human activity is ignored, Wilson said.


AP Researcher Julie Reed Bell contributed to this report.

Could all of this be chalked up to "mass communication"?

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