Perhaps this has more to do with 24/7 news cycles and information over-load. Also, it's possible these incidents are just being more widely reported in the U.S. compared to Europe and elsewhere.
I really don't personally know much about birds, but fish die-offs have always been quite common and there are numerous normal, natural reasons for them.
Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 6, 2011 12:30:36 PM
I think we're being a little unreasonable. These just could be just natural phenomena that happen often in history. The only difference is that now we have google maps, internet news and hysteria to make it seem more stark. Until we start seeing a link between the deaths of "several manatees" and "hundreds of blackbirds" we should probably suspend judgment, or risk sounding like the rapture-watchers.
Posted by: Dan4444 | Jan 6, 2011 12:32:45 PM
Does anyone think it might be the chemicals that were used to contain the Gulf Oil spill?
Posted by: Joel Payne | Jan 6, 2011 2:09:00 PM
So what scripture are they quoting that qualifies this as a sign of the end times? I don't recall off hand anything about mass animal deaths in Revelations.
Posted by: Beef and Fur | Jan 6, 2011 2:15:18 PM
No, Joel. No one thinks that.
Posted by: Buster | Jan 6, 2011 2:30:28 PM
This article sounds like hysteria, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was some truth in it.
Isn't 2012 supposed to be the end of the world, or something? Somebody pulled the cork a little too fast, I guess.
Posted by: MrRoboto | Jan 7, 2011 1:01:16 AM
Wackos of every kind will make more of this than it deserves. First, large animal die outs take place regularly. But the media caught on to it and the paranoid Left and paranoid Right jump on it. The birds in MO were killed by hail, the fish die out on the EAst coast was due to unusually cold water, another recent die out was traced to a disease.
It is like how statistics show that there will be cancer clusters in small areas, and other areas have few, but they average out. But the loons focus on the areas where they exist and posit wacko theories as to why.