As mass animal die-offs continue, the claim that it's business as usual becomes harder to swallow. Fish and birds are dying off in extreme numbers, all over the globe. On March 8, 2011 it was reported that over a million sardine fish were found dead in Redondo Beach, California. A similar event occurred exactly a month ago in Florida, and in both of these cases the believed cause of death were from the fish congregating too closely and exhausting the oxygen supply in the water, but why does this keep occurring? Also around that time about a million jellyfish were found dead on Florida beaches.
The die-offs seemed to have started with the thousands of bird deaths in Arkansas last year, and despite the lack of mainstream media coverage, they have not stopped. For instance, around the same time as the Florida fish deaths, hundreds of birds have been found dead in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as well as Rotorua, New Zealand.
According to some experts, these deaths are not out of the norm and we are simply being made aware of all of them by the power of the internet–but is this really the case? It would be fine to say that if this was simply a matter of one-or-two coincidental events, but these clearly are not. Something is causing them, and more likely than not it's something we are doing, as in the case of the Arkansas earthquake surge, but instead of commencing with a more exacting investigation, we're neglecting the matter entirely, believing that our problems do not go beyond the scope of our own species. As the BP Oil disaster nears its first anniversary are we going to continue to ignore the signs that our behavior is destructive, or at the very least, that the Earth is going through profound changes?
Image: "Redondo dead sardines 25" by scpr.kpcc on Flickr courtesy of Creative Commons Licensing.