It Gets Creepier: 100,000 Fish Die in Arkansas

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Thousands of fish have been found dead in Arkansas River. Getty Images.

What is going on in Arkansas? First we learn of the death of thousands of black birds in Beebe, and then comes the news that thousands of dead fish have washed ashore a river near Ozark. 

Experts believe that since all of the estimated 100,000 fish found dead were a single species of fish–the drum fish–they likely perished from some type of disease. “If it was from a pollutant, it would have affected all of the fish, not just drum fish,” explained Keith Stephens of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

The fish were first discovered Thursday night–a day before the bodies of birds began littering the streets of Beebe–yet the news has just begun to make headlines.

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Reportedly, so-called “fish kills” such as this aren’t uncommon, though in light of the apocalypse-like phenomenon of dead birds dropping from the sky, the whole story makes for a definite creep-fest. (via CNN)

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MsEBL
MsEBL

The photo shows sockeye salmon.  They die after they spawn.  Get a better stock image.