Remember how we said it wasn't a biblical plague after all? We might be eating our words soon.
Millions of dead fish surfaced in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay on Tuesday, while similar unexplained mass fish deaths occurred across the world in Brazil and New Zealand.
We don't want to cause mass hysteria, but this is some scary stuff.
100 tons of sardines, croaker and catfish have washed up in Brazilian fishing towns since last Thursday and hundreds of dead snapper fish washed up on beaches in New Zealand with their eyes missing.
The cause of these deaths is unknown for now and believed to be unrelated, but officials in each country have their suspicions set on chemical pollution, an imbalance in the environment, or starvation due to weather conditions.
A spokesperson for the Maryland Department of the Environment says "cold-water stress" is believed to be the culprit for those fish in the Chesapeake Bay and said similar large winter fish deaths were documented in 1976 and 1980.
The world didn't end then, so we might be okay, but birds are still dropping too!
On Wednesday, 50 birds were found dead on a street in Sweden!
Officials are saying fireworks likely caused the Arkansas and Sweden bird deaths, while power lines may be to blame for the death of the birds in Louisiana.
Let's HOPE that fireworks were the cause and cross our fingers that we don't hear any more news about mass animal deaths for the rest of 2011!
[Image via AP Images.]
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