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Posted at 9:29 AM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Dead animals: The Google Maps edition

By Melissa Bell
Dead fish
Dead fish, mostly spot, along with a few small croaker, at Northwest Creek on Kent Island in Stevensville, Md. (Maryland Department of the Environment, Charles Poukish/AP)

Update: The Smithsonian bird expert says all the hoopla is probably just no big thing. Buzz killer.

I scoffed yesterday at the rash of dead animals turning up all over the world, blaming the media (guilty!) for focusing too much attention on the phenomenon. I thought I'd ask the readers what they thought was the cause of all the deaths. Their answers ranged from "CIA death ray," to "I don't think it's God; I know it is," and from "It's the internet -- now we get all info from all over the world: toomuchinformationdysmorphia" to "Everything is connected from ocean currents and rivers to migration routes. Birds migrate. Birds eat little fish, etc. Ocean currents carry contaminates to every part of the globe. My theory is this is all connected to the oil spill."

A Reddit reader created a Google map to track the reports of animal deaths. It does nothing to help with the conspiracy theories:

View Mass Animal Deaths in a larger map

By Melissa Bell  | January 6, 2011; 9:29 AM ET
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Here's the thing. Although the "death ray" business does have me all intrigued, to really evaluate this a baseline is needed. Ideally someone would create a similar map for as far back as records allow. This would help people determine if these deaths actually represent a "new" phenomenon in a statistically quantifiable way. Such an analysis would also help suss out any underlying causes. I just hope that someone, somewhere, is doing this.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 6, 2011 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I think that all those birds that fall from the sky where affected by some kind of experiment that the USA Army or other nation is probing, this video show how can exist a relationship with the former officer John Wheeler, foun dead last Wednesday. here is the video and the other showing Wheeler hours before his death...

Birds and john wheeler

Posted by: Adrianx12 | January 6, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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