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In this image taken Saturday Dec. 31, 2011 Molly the dog walks amongst the dead herring on a beach at Kvaenes northern Norway. Norwegians were puzzled on New Year's Eve, tens if not hundreds of thousands of dead herrings carpeted a coastal stretch in northern Norway. Speculations began whether predators had driven a huge school ashore. Or if a powerful storm with hurricane-strength winds that hit Norway on Dec. 25 had washed the creatures ashore. (AP Photo/Jan Petter Jørgensen / Scanpix / Norway)

Dead Herrings Carpet Beach. Then Disappear.

On Monday, the Associated Press reported that about 20 tons of dead Norwegian herring washed ashore, covering the local beach.

The local populace was baffled at the unusual covering of dead fish “carpeting a beach in the northerly district of Nordreisa“.

Scientists were disappointed when all of the dead fish disappeared suddenly, prior to samples being collected.

Dooms Day believers reacted differently, by summoning that the 2012 predictions of the Mayans were truly coming to pass.

The actual cause of the “disturbance” won’t be known for a long while, for the only official explanation has been that the mounds of herring were evacuating themselves from the deep waters to escape the clutches of their predators.

Was it an act of “Death by Swarm”? Who knows. We, humans, may never find out, for there can be multiple causes for behavior witnessed.

For now, the scientists and speculators will think about all of the fish that died and disappeared, in a blink of many Norwegian eyes.

LINK:      The Kansas City Star

Herring Breaking Wind?

Just for your entertainment, here’s a clip on the possible communicative methods of herrings in the open waters. Herring may communicate by “breaking wind”. In other words, “farting” to us mortals.

Hey, it’s a huge ocean they dwell in. Can’t blame earth’s animals from using everything they’ve got to communicate. Wish some couples did the same, don’t you?


A young girl passes the body of a man assassinated in Cucuta, Colombia. The city has suffered a wave of killings at the hands of the United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC), a right-wing paramilitary group. The killings continue even months after the AUC supposedly disarmed in the Cucuta region as part of peace negotiations with the Colombian government. 9 March 2005. © Stephen Ferry (via WPP)

Stephen Ferry Artist Statement (via National Geographic):

Since the late 1980s, he has covered major historical processes and events, such as the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, the rise of radical Islam in Northern Africa, the destruction of rain forests in Brazil and the United States, and the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York City, along with stories in nearly every Latin American country.

He is currently focused on documenting, over a period of years, Colombia‘s ongoing civil war. His work there is supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the Knight International Press Fellowship, and the Alicia Patterson Fellowship.

Recognized as a distinguished teacher of documentary photography, Ferry is on the faculty of the Fundación para un Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (founded by Gabriel García Márquez in 1995 in Cartagena, Colombia) and of the International Center of Photography in New York. In 2005, he received the prestigious Howard Chapnick Grant and a National Geographic Expeditions Council grant to help a group of indigenous leaders from Colombia use photography in defense of their land.

He is a winner of the First Bill Hetherington Grant from WPP & HRW.

Stephen Ferry was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


This video shows a presentation of the Violentology project as a potential model of grassroots journalism and an alternative to commercial media. In Spanish. Held at the TEDxCeiba x=independently organized TED event, July 31, 2011, at the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá:

The Tim Hetherington Grant is a joint initiative of World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch, and is supported by Tim’s parents. The grant is intended to support a photographer in completing an existing project on a human rights theme. The application process was open to all professional photographers who have participated in a World Press Photo competition between 2008 and 2011.

Sphagnum palustre blankets the forest floor on Hawaii's Kohala Mountain (Courtesy Sara C. Hotchkiss via NationalGeographic.Com)

Scientists have found a species of moss, which seemed to have been spreading throughout the Hawaiian Islands for the past 50,000 years, as one of the oldest ever found.

Peat moss Sphagnum palustre (S. palustre) is found all about the northern hemisphere of the Earth, however, the ones found on the islands of Hawaii seems to have only replicated itself through Cloning.

There had been 24,000 year old Sphagnum palustre fossilized moss found in Hawaii before, indicating that the plan species had been growing for at least the long.

Brings new high-lighting to a plant that is generally thought of as ‘drab’.

Read the rest here:  NationalGeographic


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