I’ve been reading a lot of news lately about all the birds and fish that have died recently. Although the circumstances surrounding the mysterious deaths are strangely similar, it seems that it isn’t so uncommon for these events to take place. For some reason, most likely the media’s selective reporting, made it sound as if there was some sinister force at play. The more I dug into the past researching mass species deaths worldwide, the more I realized that it wasn’t as uncommon as some of the news outlets led their viewers/readers to believe. I’ve tried to keep an open mind about this, but the only thing that I can find that is totally uncommon is how the media latched onto a few beginning at the start of 2011!
Federal records show that while mass animal kills don’t happen every day, they aren’t nearly as rare as some folks think. In just the past eight months alone, the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin has recorded 95 mass wildlife die-offs in North America. How many of the 95 mass deaths actually made the news? Would you be shocked if I told you that the answer was under 10?
As some tried to connect the dots and come up with some apocalyptical scheme or a new conspiracy of governments around the world trying to engineer the perfect biological weapon or something, others went on a mission to show that the Earth was just plain doomed! Rest assured there is nothing out of the norm about the sad and untimely deaths of these birds and fish. It sure didn’t help matters very much that so many “experts” that were quoted in the recent news made so many stupid excuses and unlikely possible causes, some of which totally contradicted the forecasts and actual facts at the time these events took place, which just gave way to more misinformation. As a Marylander, I was saddened and moved by the 2 million fish that died in the Chesapeake Bay, but this happened before, in larger numbers too. In 1976 there was an estimated 15 million spot fish that died in the same fashion as the latest fish kill.