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01/10/2011

Tracking mass animal deaths (Aflockalypse) with an interactive map

By now you’ve probably heard about weird, freaky, mass animal deaths being reported around the world.

And if you lost track of all the flocks of birds or schools of fish that have wound up dead, there’s now a way to track the unfortunate activity with a custom Google Map.

The interactive map plots all of the massive creature deaths around the world, including links to news articles to back them up. All users have to do is click on a blue location marker on the map to get more info, or scroll through the (sadly) lengthy list of tracked mass deaths along the left hand of the window.

Whether it’s about 5,000 dead birds in Arkansas or 100 tonnes of dead fish off the coast of Panama, the recent activity of so many animals is a little troubling and there’s several ideas floating around about what exactly is going on.


View Mass Animal Deaths in a larger map

The phenomenon, also dubbed “Aflockalypse” by some, could just be the result of everyone actually paying attention to massive animal deaths. Time compiled a list of recent mass animal deaths and really, it puts the recent Aflockalypse into perspective.

After all, reports say the thousands of dead birds that died in Arkansas was the result of their flight path – which included flying through a fireworks display. Oops.

Other theories suggest the Google Map could be overlaid with an oil exploration map, potentially drawing a link between the deaths and ground penetrating tomography.

In any case, us Canadians shouldn’t be too worried – the map doesn’t seem to show any deaths in Canada.

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

 

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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