Fish gathering in Iceland fjords are hard of herring

Last February, we brought you a story about a mass death of herring that took place in Iceland. One also occurred in Norway as well in January 2012. This stuff happens. But the Icelanders, who may really love their herring (it’s a big business), are trying some unique ways to stop the schools of fish from moving into the shallow fjords where they deplete the oxygen and die en masse.

Herring Unmoved by Rolling Stones: Iceland Review Online.

Herring in Kolgrafafjörður, West Iceland, were unmoved when researchers attempted to scare them out of the fjord by playing ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Satisfaction’ by The Rolling Stones.

The company [Star-Oddi] has been carrying out experiments by playing different sounds in the fjord with the aim of scaring the fish back out to sea. “They were perhaps not as afraid of The Rolling Stones as of other sounds,” Sigmar said, adding that other songs or musicians had not yet been tested.

Unfortunately, other experiments didn’t work either. The fish did not swim away from low frequency sounds, explosives or the sound of killer whales. They must be hard of herring. HAHAAH. I slay myself…


Fish do not hear what people hear and the ability to detect sounds is different across species. Do they hear music? Probably not. The sound might go right through them or they detect vibration with different organs.

There must be a ton of jokes we could make about this story. But dead fish are for the birds.

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  5 comments for “Fish gathering in Iceland fjords are hard of herring

  1. December 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    That’s certainly a fine pickle those herring got themselves in.

  2. george seifert
    December 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Maybe they’re trying to come onto land and evolve into land beings. Somebody should tell them this was done successfully long ago.

  3. Walter Turner
    December 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    I’m sure rap sound would have done it.
    “But dead fish are for the birds.”
    But where are the gulls? I would have thought that beach would be alive with them. Or aren’t there any that far north?
    Why do the herring want to go into those fjords? Is it out of the question to pump air into the water? Engineers?
    For extra credit: pronounce Kolgrafafjörður. Ms Siebert? Anatoly Liberman?

    • Eve
      December 11, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      I’ll pronounce it on tonight’s Virtual Skeptics.

  4. December 12, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Why wasn’t the first style of music tested Dubstep? If you’re trying to get stuff to move, that has to be the obvious choice.

    It gets my neighbors to leave their apartments for short periods of time, but that’s a different story altogether…

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