100,000 Fish Drop Dead in Arkansas

By Rebecca Greenfield

Just days after 5,000 blackbirds dropped dead from they sky in Beebe, Arkansas, thousands of fish have washed up on the shores of the Arkansas River. Researchers are still investigating what may have caused the deaths, the NY Daily News reports the confusion:

Deceased drum fish littered 20 miles of the river near Ozark, Keith Stephens of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission told CNN.

The dead fish were first found on Thursday, and fisheries officials are conducting tests to understand what killed them.

"The fish kill only affected one species of fish," Stephens said. "If it was from a pollutant, it would have affected all of the fish, not just drum fish."

Read the full story at the NY Daily News.

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