Animal Death Weirdness not as Weird as it Seems
Via MSNBC: Technology to blame for animal die-off panic.
The bottom line from the piece: apparently these kinds of things happen with regularity, but we usually don’t notice. However, the Internet means that something like this can go viral without context and lead people to reach false conclusions:
instant communications — especially when people can whip out smart phones to take pictures of critter carcasses and then post them on the Internet — is giving a skewed view of what is happening in the environment.