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Major, Bizarre Fish Die-Off Along Lakefront
CBS Chicago ^ | January 11, 2011 | STMW

Posted on 01/11/2011 7:17:59 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

CHICAGO (STMW) – A bizarre scene is evolving on the Chicago lakefront, with Canada geese and mallard ducks gulping down dead or dying gizzard shad.

A major die-off of what appears to be the 2010 class is happening in Chicago harbors. Thousands, perhaps far more than that, of dead gizzard shad in the 3- to 5-inch range are frozen in the ice of Chicago harbors or floating around in open patches of water.

“Gizzard shad are pretty sensitive,’’ Lake Michigan Program biologist Dan Makauskas said. “On the toughness scale, the herrings are pretty soft.’’

Gizzard shad, members of the herring family, are more sensitive to drops in oxygen levels than most fish. And thick ice came early to Chicago harbors in December.

The massive die-off was first documented Thursday by Carl Vizzone, a North Side fisherman who sits on the board of Perch America. What caught his eye was Canada geese and mallards eating dying shad at open water by DuSable and Diversey harbors. “This is not normal,’’ he said.

He’s right, agreed naturalist Joel Greenberg, author of A Natural History of the Chicago Region. Canada geese and mallards normally don’t eat fish, but, Greenberg said, “They are opportunistic.”

Other species of fish do not appear to be involved in the die-off.

Makauskas, who speculated that the young shad may not have built up enough reserves to survive the early onslaught of extreme cold, agreed the die-off is abnormal.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: canadageese; chicago; dieoff; ducks; fish; geese; gizzardshad; harbors; herring; lakemichigan; mallardducks; mallards

1 posted on 01/11/2011 7:18:12 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

We won’t see the annual die off till the ice is gone.


2 posted on 01/11/2011 7:19:21 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They sense Rahm Emanuel is nearby.


3 posted on 01/11/2011 7:20:03 PM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

.....it also has been observed unusually chubby ducks and geese......


4 posted on 01/11/2011 7:21:01 PM PST by Kimmers (Tell a lie often enough it becomes political........)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It’s the Chicago way.

Did anyone put cement overshoes on their fins?


5 posted on 01/11/2011 7:21:35 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Major, Bizarre Fish Die-Off Along Lakefront

What was the Major's name and why were he and a fish competing in bizarre ways to pass away?

6 posted on 01/11/2011 7:24:53 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

No doubt, they died of grief over the tone of the Tea Party rhetoric.


7 posted on 01/11/2011 7:28:41 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority (Worst. Post-Racial. And Post-Partisan. Agent Of Hope And Change. EVER.)
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To: Cicero

The WHOLE STATE is dying off, they just passed a 75 percent tax increase.......AS WE SPEAK.

Good BYE ILLINOIS RIP


8 posted on 01/11/2011 7:28:41 PM PST by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: ViLaLuz

Great. That was great. Gave me a chuckle.


9 posted on 01/11/2011 7:30:31 PM PST by TheRevolution1776 (Time to abolish and start over. Draw the line.)
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To: chicagolady
The WHOLE STATE is dying off, they just passed a 75 percent tax increase.......AS WE SPEAK.
Oh, that has passed? Today?
10 posted on 01/11/2011 7:31:48 PM PST by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: cripplecreek

Used to be good catfishing ( with shad sides in anise) on the Missouri in January/February when dead frozen shad were coming downstream in the ice chunks.


11 posted on 01/11/2011 7:34:21 PM PST by One Name
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What is bizarre is that the reporter used that word to describe the event that was completely and rationally documented in the article. They want to promote global warming in headlines that have nothing to do with the content od the articles. Stupid, stupid lefties.


12 posted on 01/11/2011 7:36:57 PM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: Kimmers

LOL. Thank you for that mental image of waddling waterfowl.


13 posted on 01/11/2011 7:39:58 PM PST by giotto
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To: mlizzy

AS WE SPEAK..............Minutes ago


14 posted on 01/11/2011 7:41:40 PM PST by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: freedumb2003
What was the Major's name and why were he and a fish competing in bizarre ways to pass away?

The Major and the bizarre fish fought a duel of honor along the Chicago lakefront.
15 posted on 01/11/2011 7:42:18 PM PST by kenavi (The good ol' US of A: 57 state laboratories for the future.)
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To: freedumb2003
Major, Bizarre Fish Die-Off Along Lakefront

What was the Major's name?

I think the headline writer put that comma in the wrong place. It was Major Bizarre who was responsible for the die-off.

16 posted on 01/11/2011 7:49:28 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: giotto

wandering waterfowl waddling through water


17 posted on 01/11/2011 7:52:54 PM PST by Kimmers (Tell a lie often enough it becomes political........)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

DADDY_CAN_I_HAVE_MORE_SOYLENT_GREEN_PING!


18 posted on 01/11/2011 8:04:02 PM PST by The Duke
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The same thing happened when I was a kid in Chicago, 50 years ago. Sh$$ happens in nature from causes we struggle to understand.


19 posted on 01/11/2011 8:34:32 PM PST by neocon1984
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To: neocon1984

It works out very well for the geese and ducks. Fish are high protein and high oil content food which is perfect for extreme cold weather.


20 posted on 01/11/2011 8:49:24 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: chicagolady

It’s 66%. (5%-3%)/3%.

Congratulations, Illinois. You are now closer than ever to being Maryland.


21 posted on 01/13/2011 11:55:03 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (up)
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