Tons of dead sardines wash up on Chiba shore

Tons of dead sardines wash up on Chiba shore

CHIBA —

Something terribly fishy is going on at the fishing port of Ohara in Isumi City of Chiba Prefecture, and it has nothing to do with espionage or political corruption. There are tons and tons of dead sardines washing up on the shore, and not only is the sight disturbing, but the huge amount of dead fish is literally smelling up the entire surrounding area.

According to the news, the dead fish started washing up around noon of June 3, and as of Tuesday afternoon, the situation still remained pretty much out of control. The amount of dead sardines that has washed up is thought to total several dozen metrics tons, so you can imagine how bad the smell of rotting fish must be.

In pictures uploaded onto Twitter, the port looks completely filled with fish – it almost looks like a carpet of sardines. It doesn’t seem likely that any shipping boats will be setting sail soon. There are also, of course, the usual posts and comments on the Internet on how this could be an omen, a sign of a coming great natural disaster.

When we inquired with a local inn, we were told that the port was scheduled to be closed from June 1 to 5, but given the emergency, local fishermen are currently out in full force trying to resolve the situation. Already, more than 2 full days into the bizarre occurrence, the smell has to be almost unbearable, but the people of Ohara still have no idea when they will be able to get rid of all the sardines. We sincerely hope they will be able to solve the problem quickly.

Source: Twitter @yumihareyama (Japanese), Twitter @ryoshikobo (Japanese)

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  • -21

    Bronx Bombers NY

    All that fish... What a waste.. must be the radiation swirling around in the water.

  • 3

    zichi

    cause for concern? dumped at sea? at least they should be tested? where are the cats?

  • 12

    japan_cynic

    must be the radiation swirling around in the water

    Because, of course, anything remotely unusual has to be due to radiation, especially if it involves death. There can be no other cause. Fish never died before Fukushima.

  • 10

    Jeff Ryan

    This happened last year in San Fransisco just a few days before the 3-11 quake. Scary. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/03/redondo-beach-authorities-report-large-fish-kill-at-king-harbor.html

  • 6

    Lunchbox

    Nothing new, this kind of thing has been happening all over the world for thousands of years, still it would be pretty amazing to see in person. I saw a video of them coming to shore still alive, so more like a Sardine-stranding than dead sardines being washed up. Has to be some scientific explanation. The best explanation I've heard yet is that they are being chased by a large barracuda or dolphins. Should be easy to verify if so.

  • -5

    Bob Sneider

    This is starting to scare me. The fish around here can't be safe.

  • 3

    GW

    I hope it dawns on the idiots who run this asylum to take sample & do some rounds of testing...............

    Or more likely no one wants to know the reason why the sudden die off............

  • 2

    spudman

    Research is limited to whales perhaps. No money in chasing dead fish?

  • -5

    NetNinja

    Jeez, I wonder what could be powerful enough to kill countless fish.

    I'm guessing radiation.

  • 0

    MapleG

    I suppose the seagulls and the odd cat will be happy

  • 10

    danalawton1@yahoo.com

    Sardines... due to their size and how they swim in massive swarms are often very suceptible to algae blooms, low oxygen levels and toxins in the ocean. Hardly a year goes by without an incident such as this but make no mistake that we will probably be seeing more due to man made toxins being dumped in our oceans.

  • -1

    yumichan

    Lack of big fish in the see ?

  • 6

    kwatt

    This is a sign of big earthquake. A lot of fish died in the past before earthquakes. Cause might be sulfur dioxide making lack of oxygen in some area.

  • 0

    maitan

    @NetNinja >

    Yeah, you must be right, 16 months ago, before the big 3/11 earthquake, there were reports about mass deaths of sardines in california, wow!! they have a radiation problem too!! they should evacuate San Francisco and Los Angeles. and now Peru, there was discovered a mass death of dolphins, however in Peru are not any nuclear power plant's built yet.. (?) the german news reported it could cause by the sonar used on US submarines all over the world, is this the reason? american submarines ?

  • -1

    MasterBape

    Some so-called experts make a connection with beached whales and dead fish with quakes. Interesting as there was a shallow 6.1 this morning off Chiba.

  • 3

    caffeinebuzz

    I remember reading a while ago that U.S researchers believed that the fish were likely evading one or more predators, and by being forced to swim so densely together in a confined area, they depleted the already relatively low oxygen levels further and died en-masse.

  • 2

    Disillusioned

    This happens quite regularly all over the world for many reasons from low oxygen to a disease, but the Japanese wouldn't know that cos Japan is the world. "An omen or a sign of an impending natural disaster?" The disaster is the fact they actually think like that!

  • 1

    TSRnow

    This is eerie news. Sardines in Kanji is a combination of the characters fish and weak. They are living(?) up to their name...

  • 3

    JapanGal

    With all these small quakes we keep getting, there is a possibility of fissures opening up under the sea and releasing not just lava but gasses too, thus killing the fish.

  • 0

    gogogo

    How about testing them for radiation please?

  • 0

    SquidBert

    Even if there was some hotspot off the coast with enough radiation to kill multiple fish, it wouldn't kill them all simultaneously like this. It also seems to have affected only sardines, so I am guessing this was all one massive school.

    I do find the connection between beached oceanic life forms and earth quakes interesting. But what happened here, I guess we will never know.

  • 2

    Disillusioned

    Oh, please! It has nothing to do with bloody radiation!

  • -5

    gogogo

    @Disillusioned: How would you know? Massive amounts leaked into the oceans.

  • -4

    NetNinja

    @gogogo There's an elephant in the room but some people are trying desperately not to look at it. Forgive them for they know not what they say or do. You are absolutely right about the massive amounts of radiation that leaked into the oceans.

    It it unrealistic to not add radiation as a reason why we now have this deadpool on the beaches at Chiba. If it was found in tuna all the way over in the U.S then it's definitely much stronger right here at home.

    Of course there TEPCO acolytes and familiars that dread the word radiation. It is now a fact of life that in almost all daily things we must accept the word "radiation" next to most conjunctions. There's really no need to censor it.

    You "fish" and I say "and the radiation levels are?" You say "TEPCO" and I say "and the damage, devastation and radiation" they caused.

    Get used to it. No more sardines people.

  • 3

    basroil

    As others have mentioned, there is a likelyhood that it is somehow related to earthquake activity, but you would need to know where the fish were when they died (considering the smell, they died out at sea and drifted ashore) . It is impossible that it is related to radiation, unless someone dropped a nuclear bomb out at sea, since to kill that number you would need the equivalent of several Sv (not microSv, not milliSv) exposure.

    The other possibility is the relatively warm currents that made their way up, and warm currents usually carry a lot of plankton, which would quickly consume the oxygen in the already lower O2 concentration areas. More or less a localized red tide effect.

  • 14

    Harry_Gatto

    Must be very selective "radiation" if it kills only sardines.

  • 8

    Farmboy

    When this has happened in the past, in other places, it has usually been attributed to a lack of oxygen in the water, and may be related to algae blooms, as people have mentioned, Of course, there is also that recent formaldahyde spill to consider too, and maybe they should double check that possibility.

    It's probably not an omen of doom. Then again, we have had a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse, the transit of Venus, some good sized earthquakes, and some solar flares in addition to the sardines, so there are plenty of nice omens to choose from if you are of that persuasion.

  • -2

    globalwatcher

    Is this something to do with earthquake warning or radiation?

  • 3

    Dennis Bauer

    The end is near repent! :p

  • 0

    Heda_Madness

    **Even if there was some hotspot off the coast with enough radiation to kill multiple fish, it wouldn't kill them all simultaneously like this. It also seems to have affected only sardines, so I am guessing this was all one massive school. **

    Spot on.

    Incidentally there was a whale beaching a week before the March 11 disaster, but I've never heard of sardines being linked to earthquakes.

  • 4

    SquidBert

    Still the sardines should be tested, but my bet is that they will find some sort of (non nuclear) toxin being the cause.

    Dennis Bauer,

    The end is near repent! :p

    When it starts raining sardines, I will consider it.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1254812/Hundreds-fish-fall-sky-remote-Australian-town-Lajamanu.html

  • 4

    Disillusioned

    Oh, people please! Do a Google search for 'mass sardine deaths' and you will see it happens regularly all over the world. Then, ask yourself this question: Why would thousands/millions of sardines die in a small inlet on the southern Chiba coast about 400klm away from Fukushima? The answer is, low oxygen levels in the inlet. Nothing to do with radiation or earthquakes! Get a clue!

  • 4

    Fadamor

    The water appears red in the photo. Unless somebody's been running the sardines through a meat grinder, cout the deaths be attributed to a "red tide" form of algal bloom?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Tide

  • 0

    Fadamor

    cout = could

  • 0

    Heda_Madness

    Interestingly enough (coincidentally?) there were a million or so sardines that died in California shortly before the March 11 earthquake and some scientists have used this to claim that it's a foreteller of big earthquakes.

    Other scientists and non-scientists, such as me, think it's a load of old balls...

  • -1

    gogogo

    If they died from lack of O2 all good, but just test them and tell the public that !!

  • 0

    Fadamor

    If they died from lack of O2 all good, but just test them and tell the public that !!

    Oh sure, they'll test them, say they suffocated, and then you'll just say the government is lying because it HAS to be radiation. We're on to your games.

  • 4

    billyshears

    If it was due to radiation, wouldn`t other fish be affected too? It seems that this is a phenomenon specific to sardines which swim together in huge shoals.

  • -1

    Terry Tibbs

    It may very well be a crackpot hypothesis, however there is some data gathered thats suggests a relation between lunar eclipses and the altering of tidal/gravitational forces aiding the triggering of large magnitude earthquakes.

    Here are some links which make interesting reading however it is up to you to decide whether it is pure nonsense or not.

    http://survive2012.com/index.php/eclipses-and-earthquakes.html

    Spreadsheet data: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Avj6d6nLwrEbdEY4SU1Gb2hpUmNBTXphLVU1cDNQYUE#gid=0

    http://www.garagegames.com/community/blog/view/15946/2

  • -7

    MaximumMan

    its working its way up the food chain....i imagine these fish have been feeding off smaller creatures and the amount of radiation has built up..also the sea life has probably died off reducing the amount of oxygen in the water near fukushima

  • 6

    oberst

    cheap fertiliser, next year there will be great harvests in Japan

  • 0

    Arturo Hernandez

    Bare it. Proteins!!..

  • 1

    Heda_Madness

    its working its way up the food chain....i imagine these fish have been feeding off smaller creatures and the amount of radiation has built up..also the sea life has probably died off reducing the amount of oxygen in the water near fukushima

    Intersting standpoint. So when humans die, as we will inevitably do, will we also die on the exact same date en masse like the sardines have done?

  • -2

    gogogo

    Posters total lack on concern for public safety and radiation is depressing. I think most of these posters don't live in Japan and don't understand the stress of even buying food in Japan.

  • -10

    NetNinja

    Oh, people please! Do a Google search for 'mass sardine deaths' and you will see it happens regularly all over the world. Then, ask yourself this question: Why would thousands/millions of sardines die in a small inlet on the southern Chiba coast about 400klm away from Fukushima? The answer is, low oxygen levels in the inlet. Nothing to do with radiation or earthquakes! Get a clue!

    Why do you talk down to us? Why do you make us feel like Harry Potter, Hermoine, and Ron whenever we suspect "radiation"? You've made "radiation" the same as saying "Voldermort".

    You won't even admit to the slightest chance that radiation in the water has some part to play.

    That would make TEPCO the Ministry of Magic then. Constantly denying that radiation levels are over the limit and then finally admitting that it's much worse than it already is.

    I'd like to see these fish tested by an independent team of international inspectors that will test for radiation levels. I don't think I'm asking too much given what has happened to this nation.

  • -1

    David Quintero Navarro

    Ok! Ok! I repent! So am I saved now?? Is this really an omen from many rotten sardines??

  • 5

    cleo

    If this were due to radiation surely it would have happened before now, much closer to Fukushima and affecting all kinds of sea life not just sardines.

    The fact that TEPCO has lied its lips off about radiation levels doesn't mean that anything and everything that happens is automatically due to radiation.

  • -3

    888naff

    "Posters total lack on concern for public safety and radiation is depressing. I think most of these posters don't live in Japan and don't understand the stress of even buying food in Japan."

    yes the biggest health problem after any major nuclear power disaster has been stress and depression and the only killer so far inthis one. Maybe time to check in with a doctor or google the summary health results that say the same things about previous disasters.

    This news story here has nothing to do with Tepco or the government or the Japanese people's attitude...it just happens and has happened many times.

  • -8

    NetNinja

    @cleo

    If this were due to radiation surely it would have happened before now

    I'm sorry to disagree with you Cleo but the Grim Reaper has his own schedule. Basically what I'm saying to you is this.

    There is nothing logical about radiation. It has no pattern. If we knew it all then we wouldn't be in this mess. Only the most fanatical and rightest people automatically rule something out. Why not test the fish?

    One test....one itty bitty little ol test. Test the fish. Then we'll see who's disillusioned or not. I've already got radiated fish all the way on the other side of the Pacific and you are trying to rule out 400km??

    Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, there is no timetable for radiation effects. Thyroid cancer will come. The lawyers protecting Big Energy here are praying that the effects don't surface before they can deny countless claims.

    Okay here's another way to look at this fish case. A man gets shot okay......then he falls out the window....what killed him? The bullet and the toxins that slowly circulated to his heart before he died or the fall?

    What killed the fish? The radiation that infected fish in the area which migrated to other areas and were consumed by other fish which left another group of fish with no where to feed which sent them to an area where they weren't supposed to be in the first place?

    I for one will never let TEPCO live this down or erase history. It is a disaster of epic proportions. Japan should black out that area on Google Earth and show these people what Japan really looks like today. That should include the ocean area where these fish are migrating to and from.

    Stop kidding yourself and start believing in what you know in your heart since you won't go swimming in the ocean anymore. Radiation most likely had a key role to play in what happened to these fish. You should be scared. You are eating it.

  • 0

    almxx

    If Japan had an earthquake with the death of masses of sardines off California, then Japan is safe and California better watch out. Incidentally,dead sardines don't smell; they stink.

  • 2

    NetNinja

    @888naffJUN. 06, 2012 - 03:00PM JST

    "Posters total lack on concern for public safety and radiation is depressing. I think most of these posters don't live in Japan and don't understand the stress of even buying food in Japan."

    Your post is very interesting. Could you explain more about these posters who are not concerned about "public safety"?

    I hope you don't mean the ones asking for tests to be done on these fish?
    I'm just curious. Do you think the TEPCO and the government of Japan have your best interests at heart? Are they really concerned about your "public safety"? Where was their concern for public safety when they build nuclear reactors on fault lines? Where the concern for public safety when the released tons of radioactive water into the ocean? Is that public safety?

    Those same bloggers you criticized are VERY concerned about your public safety. We don't want you to eat radiated fish! These dead fish are going to be collected and shipped off somewhere. They'll probably be used in some way that we won't even hear about. You won't even know your eating them till it's too late.

  • 1

    smithinjapan

    Test them, and toss 'em. Ideally there would be a massive BBQ party, but since they're rotting and all it might not bode well for the body. It isn't unreasonable to think radiation played a hand, so I'm not sure why people are so adamantly against the idea, and that's why I say test and prove yes or no.

  • 1

    Lewis R. Lowden

    On Jun. 06, 2012 - 08:43AM JST spudman said, "Research is limited to whales perhaps. No money in chasing dead fish?

    Sardines, next too blue-green algae, are the base of the Oceans food chain, therefore without the sardines there will be neither whales...nor anything else left alive between sardines and whales. If the Japanese Government does not do a thorough investigation as to the cause of this die-off, this could easily prove to be not only short-sighted and foolish, but a dangerous if not a deadly choice for all of human kind; if there is something wrong in the ocean(s) the people, the world needs to know now, not tomorrow, for by tomorrow it may be too late to prevent a global disaster that could well make Fukushima, on a World scale, look like child’s play.

  • 0

    Thunderbird2

    If it's an impending disaster or radiation... why just Sardines?

  • 0

    caffeinebuzz

    It seems every time something unusual happens, the radiation bandwagon rolls into these forums. A couple of days ago someone was commenting that a tremor the other day was mother nature trying to tell us to turn the nuke power stations off; and surprise surprise today we've got another thread of people banging on about some dead fish being Tepco's fault- despite a multitude of identical occurrences all over the world going back ages ago. IF radiation was found to be a factor, then it would indeed be fairly scary- but there's no need to keep harping on about radiation being the cause for every damn thing that happens. R

  • 0

    CrazyJoe

    Did the whales chase them inshore?

  • 0

    caffeinebuzz

    Even when I read the title, I knew the radiation bandwagon was gonna roll into these forums pretty quick. It reminds me of the poster who was complaining that the radiation was making them feel run down and lethargic in Tokyo, after the disaster last year. If radiation was found to be a factor in this, then it would be pretty surprising considering the sea concentrations aren't that great- and like a few people have said, why only sardines? There are precedents for this mass death with explainable causes, so unless the sardines were being bred in the reactor pool, it's pretty damn unlikely :p

  • 0

    basroil

    For those who still think it's radiation... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioactivedecay#Mathematicsofradioactivedecay There is nothing illogical about radiation, it follows mathematical models so accurately that our best dating methods and most accurate clocks are based on it (well, some, there are other ways for both, but radio-technology is cheaper and very accurate)

    I can assure you that the fish did not die from thyroid cancer (or acute radiation poisoning, as that would cause the skin to peal off and most bacteria to die, meaning no rotting and definitely no shinny skin), not did that many die. Most likely culprits are low oxygen in the water (from runoff containing plankton food or even oil) and starvation (easy to test for, just pick up a few and see how much fat and meat they have compared to normal).

    In the late 1980s, Japanese pilchards were caught at a rate of 13 Million Tons a year, and even now they are at about 3 million to 4 million (each fish is about 0.5kg). Several dozen tons is absolutely nothing, and in fact only the size of a medium school. Last year, South Africa saw over a billion tons of pilchards in the water, which makes this article look like a joke. A few thousand times this would be cause for concern, maybe even a few hundred times.

  • -1

    gogogo

    basroil: Sorry if I'm not so quick to jump to that conclusion without evidence.

    A simple test would remove any and all doubt.

  • 0

    gogogo

    basroil: I would also like to point out that Caesium has a half life of 30 something years.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesium

  • 1

    Thunderbird2

    Gogogo... I doubt you would believe the results if they didn't show any radiation.

  • 1

    Nessie

    My money's with Basroil and the ride tide theory.

  • 2

    Heda_Madness

    Gogogo, whilst doing your research did you happen to discover how quickly Caesium would be diluted in a large body of water such as the Pacific Ocean, the tidal movement around Fukushima/Chiba, the current radiation level off those coasts, how much it would need to be for fish to be contaminated at a high level and what the migratory movements of the Chiba sardines are? In other words, did you do any research or have any information that's relevant to this story. Because your link is about as much use as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/wateriswet

  • 1

    Heda_Madness

    Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, there is no timetable for radiation effects.

    Yet all of these fished died on the exact same day at the exact same location and 300km away from a nuclear power plant. Well, you've convinced me...

  • 0

    Realistic

    Dont throw them away! You have huge raw material to make fertilizers!

  • 1

    WilliB

    Gogogo and Netninja,

    get real. Wildlife is thriving even around Chernobyl. (Which does not mean that you would want to go there and hunt animals for food...)

    Clearly this sardine death has nothing to do with radiation. A typical cause for this would be an algae bloom or a chemical spill in the area. (In which case I hope they find the culprit soon.)

  • 0

  • 0

    Nessie

    Well there were red tides after the BP spill, so it's not impossible that oil spills from the earthquake contributed to this.

  • 1

    Puller Lanigan

    Has it been hot in Japan lately? This too will deplete oxygen in the water and cause the algae blooms that kill multitudes of fish.

  • -1

    Puller Lanigan

    As for radiation scare. I believe that has been dispersed sufficiently so as not to be a problem unless the reactors are still leaking. It's true, radiation doesn't 'go away' and will remain in fish/mammals that encountered it initially or were in the area and exposed to concentrations of radiation. If those creatures survived, they will be contaminated by radiation for the rest of their lives, but if they are able to produce, the worst that would happen is they pass along progeny that might carry DNA defects. They wouldn't be irradiated. I suspect those sea creatures worst affected have died already.

  • 0

    Fadamor

    Well there were red tides after the BP spill, so it's not impossible that oil spills from the earthquake contributed to this.

    There were hurricanes in that area after the BP oil spill as well, should we attribute those to the oil spill too? The Gulf of Mexico gets an ANNUAL algal bloom. They had a red tide the year BEFORE the BP oil spill, and the year before that, and the year before that, etc.

    Any phytoplankton that were alive during the Tohoku earthquake have died of old age by now. The most likely cause of a localized algal bloom where there isn't an annual occurrance is agraculture run-off putting an abundance of nitrates into the water.

  • 0

    Fadamor

    *agriculture (too early in the morning for me)

  • 1

    LHommeQuiMent

    Most probably this is another case of "Domoic acid poisoning" (DAP).

    Domoic acid, a powerful neurotoxin, should have caused sardines to become disoriented and to swim chaotically. This is related to harmful algal blooms (HABs), which often take on a red hue (hence the name "Red tide") just like in the picture above.

    The exact cause of HABs is unclear and it is ancient phenomena, even mentioned in The Bible (Exodus 7:20~21).

    http://www.science-house.org/nesdis/algae/background.html

    http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/hab/habs_toxins/marine_biotoxins/da/index.html

  • 0

    akoppa

    In Peru thousands of dolphins appeared dead along with shrimp and marine birds. Something is happening but nobody knows what it is.

  • 0

    Guza!

    Demonic OMENS!!!!

  • 2

    Lewis R. Lowden

    Thunderbird Said: "If it's an impending disaster or radiation... why just Sardines?"

    That is exactly what we need to know! In our species, Homo sapiens, there are many pathogens that affect only our species and not others, therefore whatever is going on with the sardines--since they are a prime corner stone of our Oceans entire food chain and a "Canary” or warning indicator as to the health of the Oceans--it is essential that we monitor them or we will be no more than the proverbial ‘Ostrich with its/our head stuck in the sand’ attempting to avoid the reality--whether that reality is good, bad, just part of nature, and of concern or not; whatever is taking place it would/is something we need to know to be safe rather than sorry.

    So, the common sense and the logically correct question and course of action is to ask, “Why just Sardines and, more importantly, to find an answer just in case it is serious?

    We have just this one little “living” spaceship upon which we live, we call her Mother Earth, if we do not monitor and help take care of Her in our best interest She will not take care of us, then where shall we go?

  • 0

    T-Mack

    The most likely cause, with out further investigation is, the school of sardines were swimming to close to shore, then may have been pushed in by the tides. It happens all over the world. Radioactive? Redtide? Earthquakes? Volcanic gasses? Those things effect all marine life and are not selective.

  • 2

    whiskeysour

    Sea of Japan, is full of toxins. Toxins, low oxygen or something natural. Japan has many fault lines.

  • -3

    Ms Purrfect

    Radiation kills slowly and would kill healthier fish more slowly then unhealthy fish. Therefore, that mass die off can’t logically be due to radiation….

  • 1

    NetNinja

    I'm sorry maltan but you are misinformed. My comments are not always my own. They are edited, censored, and taken out of context. You missed a lot. I have already explained myself but critical information I provided was removed.

    There was no profanity in my post, no insults. The post was simply removed cause it asked people to think. Those sardines should be tested. Do your own research since details that other people know to be true are open to discussion.

    Funny when it comes to free discussion, we are in the sardine can now.

  • 1

    gogogo

    If there is a 1% chance these fish died from radiation then I would rather be wrong than have poison fish.... I don't know why posters are assuming such things, there is no proof either way. I'm not saying you are wrong and I'm not saying I am right I am saying just test the freaking fish and let me know if I am totally wrong or there is a problem.

    You obviously don't live in Japan and have no idea what the current political climate is for radiation after all the BS tepco and the government put us through.

  • 0

    archaeon

    such a mass die off, of one species, relatively small, could be related to the rise i the ocean temperatures in combination with a plankton bloom, suffocating this particular school in oxygen deprived shallow waters, although, this is my speculation as an internet commenter on the other side of the world. As the oceans rise in temperature, my layman understanding of it is based on a macro view of the hot water changing what forms of life can exist in it, and where they can exist. As sections become warmer, normal fish migration patterns will persist, and the species unused to such temperatures in combination with algae/plankton blooms will find themselves in a killing zone. It's possible that earthquakes release superhot bubbles of gas that heat an entire area of water, slightly cooking the fish, or the shockwave from a plate moving, travels through the water, and kills a school? As I have said, I am not an expert, these are simply musings of a human. I thought radiation, but then I thought that they would not all die at once from such exposure...but then, what if....what if the food the fish eat, whatever that might be, shrimp? I don't know. What if the food source of this school was contaminated, radioactive, would they feed all at once on a large food supply? And possibly be poisoned with radiation all at once, die out at sea, and drift in en masse? If they are not radioactive, scoop them up, press them, or grind them into fish emulsion for the local farmers.

  • -1

    kurisupisu

    Well, it has been seen that animals act strangely to seismic events but there hasn't been one in Japan reported as far as I can see that would explain this. Whatever the causes, the fish should be examined and the results of those tests made public....

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