Fish encased in ice: Mass death in Norway as the water froze

The school of fish perished as they froze to death when the water rapidly froze over this weekend at Lovund island, in the Nordland province in Norway.

A temperature of -7/8°C (that’s approx 17-19°F) with an east wind made the bay freeze over very quickly. The fish had probably been chased towards the shore by cormorants and did not make it back to the open sea before the water froze solid.

Aril Slotte at the Sea Research Institute says it’s not uncommon for fish to be chased to the shore by predators. The type of fish is described as coalfish or pollack (Pollachius virens).

It made for a striking photo op.

Photo credit: Ingolf Kristiansen

Photo credit: Ingolf Kristiansen

Not the first time this has happened in Nordland this year. Last week in Fauske (Approx 290 km/180 miles north of Lovund), local woman Inger Sjøberg stumbled upon this sight of an elk that froze to death in the lake.

Photo credit: Inger Sjøberg

Photo credit: Inger Sjøberg

Link to the original article in Norwegian here.
Full Google translated version in English can be found here.

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  8 comments for “Fish encased in ice: Mass death in Norway as the water froze

  1. Bob
    January 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    To be fair, the elk could have drowned.

  2. RayG
    January 14, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Why is that goat on a leash?

  3. January 14, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Think it’s a beardy dog,rather than a goat, or Rick Dyer trying out another low budget sasquatch suit. Going to take a lot of fries to finish off all those fish.

  4. Nos482
    January 14, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Yay, going fishing with a pick-axe instead of a rod…

  5. January 15, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    Where is the person on the end of that lead? The lead doesn’t seem to fit right somehow. ‘shopped?

  6. Alex Murdoch
    January 15, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    I’ve seen this repeated over and over. More likely it was a massive fish kill and they then froze as the temperature dropped.

  7. One Eyed Jack
    January 15, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    I think it’s misleading to say they froze to death. It’s obvious they are frozen, but there is no evidence to say whether they were alive or dead prior to freezing.

  8. Randy
    January 15, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    That picture would have been so much better with a cat…

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