Apocalyptical and Mystery Fish Die-off in Icelandic Lake – February 5 2013


apocalyptical view of dead Herrings - Iceland massive fish die-off

Horrible but true! Can you imagine a lake covered by dead fishes? Yes, I know, it seems weird and impossible, but people found yesterday morning 25,000 to 30,000 tons of dead herrings in Kolgrafafjorour, a small fjord on the northern part of Snæfellsnes peninsula, west Iceland. This is the second mystery and massive fish die-off in this area after the event back in December 2012. Although the primary cause of both mass extinctions remains a mystery, experts believe it is a nearby building work which starved fishes of oxygen. Well it is a pain in the ass for the Icelandic economy, since half of Iceland’s total exports are fish exports! The Icelandic Government has agreed to fund research into the deaths as concern grows.

fermenting herrings in Iceland - Iceland massive fish die-off

Moreover, residents will also suffer. The Environment Agency of Iceland and the West Iceland Centre of Natural History indeed decided that herrings will be left to decompose naturally! Well thank you for the smell! I hope that the fish oil from the decaying herrings will not become an environmental or health threat. – The Flying Cuttlefish



    • I must say it is also hard to believe since these building works occured 10 years ago and nothing happened meanwhile. Earthquakes releasing toxic gases (CO2, methane, sulfure) may be a good bet since they occur pretty often over there and Iceland is volcanic (just remember 3 years ago, when europe was paralysed). Earthquake + volcano is a a solution that would match very well. Hope we will know soon! MP

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