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 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.