According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, a tug boat operator noticed thousands of dead drum fish. Experts estimate somewhere between 80,000 and 100,000 fish died.
"This is really getting kind of crazy with the fish and the birds and these tornadoes hitting during the winter," said Denise Dickerson, of Ozark.
Scientists still cannot explain either incident for sure, but the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission believes the fish may have had a disease. Some experts think the birds may have been hit by lightning or hail, or may have been stressed out because of fireworks. "I just think it might be the way the weather's changing so much. One day it might be hot and one day it might be really cold," said Jon Rose Brammer.
Crews dressed in Hazmat suits collected the dead birds from a one square mile area near Beebe. "I'm wondering do we need the same thing because what makes that happen for them to drop out of the sky like that," said Melissa Weatherly, a Beebe resident.
According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, so far there is no sign that what killed the birds could hurt humans.
Some believe it is not a coincidence all the dead animals started showing up at once. "I'm just wondering, what's next really? What's next?" said Dickerson.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission does not believe these incidents are connected.
Game and Fish spokesman Keith Stephens says the aquaculture school at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will conduct tests to determine the cause of the fish die-off. The results will take about a month to come back. Stephens says only one species was affected, which indicates the fish were sick.
Dozens of the dead birds will be sent for testing to the state Livestock and Poultry Commission lab and the National Wildlife Health Center lab in Madison, Wisconsin.
Both events seem interesting. While the events are probably not directly related, they often get mentioned together, and I thought it could just go in one thread.