100,000 Dead Drumfish Wash Up In Arkansas (VIDEO)

An estimated 100,000 dead drum fish have washed up in the Arkansas river, reports CNN.

What’s going on in Arkansas? Yesterday I wrote here about the dead red-winged blackbirds that fell out of the sky in Beebe, Arkansas on New Year’s Eve. Officials originally estimated their number at around 1,000, but now say there could be as many as 5,000 dead blackbirds.

And now all these fish?

From CNN:

Arkansas officials are investigating the death of an estimated 100,000 fish in the state’s northwest, but suspect disease was to blame, a state spokesman said Sunday.

Dead drum fish floated in the water and lined the banks of a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River near Ozark, about 125 miles northwest of Little Rock, said Keith Stephens of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. A tugboat operator discovered the fish kill Thursday night, and fisheries officials collected some of the dying animals to conduct tests.

Stephens said fish kills occur every year, but the size of the latest one is unusual, and suggested some sort of disease was to blame.

Ozark lies about 125 miles west of Beebe.

Drumfish are a bottom-feeding fish, not a game fish, and as you can see in this video, Arkansas officials are encouraging people to keep fishing.

I wonder how well they are succeeding?

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144 comments

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton5 years ago

Our President and Govenors don't give a crap about anything. I could of even been from what happened in Japan. Do you think they would tell us the truth? NOT!!!

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

Yes, disease caused by pollution and pesticides -- THAT kind of disease.

Joy Jin
Joy Jin5 years ago

I think that it was pollution.

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman5 years ago

Thanx for post.....

Charlene R.
Charlene Rush5 years ago

Since, these re bottom-dwelling fish, if disease is not responsibile, could it be some sort of chemical pollution that had fallen to the bottom of the river.
If the latter is the case, will we ever be told the truth? Maybe, we need another 'leak'!!!

To Robert B.: Who turned you into such an antagonist person? Your rantings are not about illegals, they are about your own self-loathing.

Angela S.
Angela S.5 years ago

Disease? Unlikely. I say pollution and experimenting. Oceans are suffering along with their inhabitants, all thanks to human ignorance.

Angela S.
Angela S.5 years ago

Disease? Unlikely. I say pollution and experimenting. Oceans are suffering along with their inhabitants, all thanks to human ignorance.

Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan5 years ago

Very sad! First thousands of birds drop dead all of a sudden, now these poor fishes, they don't stand a chance when we humans do not give a second thought when we race against time, to achieve the impossible. What a pathetic sight!

Rita Delfing
Rita delfing5 years ago

I find this all disturbing birds now fish all in the same area.