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   Undertoad  Saturday Jan 18 08:21 PM

Jan 19, 2014: Fish 'flash-frozen' by harsh Norwegian winds

Thousands of fish were flash frozen in a Norwegian bay after a harsh wind caused temperatures to suddenly dip to minus 7.8 degrees Celsius.

The huge shoal of herring were swimming too close to the surface when the water suddenly froze around them, completely stopping them in mid-swim and creating the incredible sight.

xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jan 18 08:35 PM

The water temperature must have been hanging right on the edge in order to freeze quick enough to prevent the fish from getting away.
I wonder if it froze below them, as well as above them, trapping them in between until it all froze?

Griff  Saturday Jan 18 10:25 PM

That is seriously weird. I bet dogs like it though.

SPUCK  Sunday Jan 19 06:52 AM

The sad thing is - see the leash? The dog's owner is holding the end of it... under the ice.

monster  Sunday Jan 19 09:47 AM

It's pre-seasoned so all you need is a few onions and a bucket of milk for Cream of Herring Soup.

Gravdigr  Sunday Jan 19 12:26 PM

Originally Posted by Griff View Post
That is seriously weird. I bet dogs like it though.
...and cats.

Norwegia, fuck yeah!

Clodfobble  Sunday Jan 19 02:34 PM

I'm calling Norway "Norwegia" from now on.

Molasar  Sunday Jan 19 02:58 PM

Nor way jose

DanaC  Sunday Jan 19 03:07 PM

Norwegia is a way better name.

xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jan 22 06:40 PM

From imjur today, I don't know where or when they were taken.

Clodfobble  Wednesday Jan 22 07:01 PM

There's a frog that can involuntarily increase the glucose level in its blood when temperatures go down, which lowers its freezing point. You can literally freeze the frog rock-hard in the freezer, then thaw it out and watch it come back to life.

Edit: Well, the original thing I saw about the frog said it was the glucose thing. This other video says it just pulls the water out of its organs so it doesn't expand inside and burst them.

xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jan 23 02:56 AM

Wiki says...

Similar to other northern frogs that hibernate close to the surface in soil and/or leaf litter, wood frogs can tolerate the freezing of their blood and other tissues.[4][5] Urea is accumulated in tissues in preparation for overwintering, and liver glycogen is converted in large quantities to glucose in response to internal ice formation. Both urea and glucose act as "cryoprotectants" to limit the amount of ice that forms and to reduce osmotic shrinkage of cells. Frogs can survive many freeze/thaw events during winter if no more than about 65% of the total body water freezes.

SPUCK  Thursday Jan 23 06:59 AM

Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
From imjur today, I don't know where or when they were taken.

Wow.. Maybe it's doing the Scrat thing..

Amazing more of this isn't seen.

xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jan 23 12:01 PM

I think it happens a lot, but out in the boondocks where nobody sees it.

Gravdigr  Thursday Jan 23 12:59 PM

Wow, that fox pic depresses the hell outta me. Think of how he/she must've suffered before finally succumbing.

Gravdigr  Thursday Jan 23 01:04 PM

Originally Posted by Molasar View Post
Nor way jose
Molasar, your post reminded me of this. Slightly NSFW language (puns).

Sundae  Thursday Jan 23 01:12 PM

Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
Wow, that fox pic depresses the hell outta me. Think of how he/she must've suffered before finally succumbing.
Those boots depress me!
I'm sure they're useful and all that, but they look like hideous winkle-pickers. Won't somebody think of the children...?

Actually Grav, Mr Fox probably lost his marbles to hypothermia long before he was frozen.
Better than dying hot-blooded at the mercy of a pack of dogs.
IMHO and all that.

glatt  Thursday Jan 23 01:28 PM

Fox was probably swimming through some thick slushy water. The slush got thicker, forward progress was slowed. Nothing to climb up onto. But I'll just rest my snout here on this ice burg for a minute and rest. Maybe take a little nap. So tired.

The end.

So yeah. Pretty damn depressing.

Sheldonrs  Thursday Jan 23 01:35 PM

And Mrs. Paul hatches a plan.

Gravdigr  Thursday Jan 23 05:47 PM

I keep thinking, and forgive me, please, but

What does the fox say? He don't say nothing, he's frozen stiff!

DanaC  Thursday Jan 23 05:54 PM



SPUCK  Friday Jan 24 08:10 AM

Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
What does the fox say? He don't say nothing, he's frozen stiff!
Gads man.. That's really cold.

CaliforniaMama  Friday Jan 24 04:57 PM

Ice fishing! Just take your handy dandy chain saw out to the frozen pond and cut out a chunk 'o fish. Don't even have to freeze your butt off waiting for a bite.

Maybe the fox is the same thing. Just hanging out in the freezer until Martha's ready to cook 'er up.

BigV  Sunday Jan 26 10:46 PM

I reckon the shoes are ice skates

BigV  Sunday Jan 26 10:48 PM

I don't think the Fox suffered. It was probably escaping something scarier than cold water or pursuing something tastier. Hypothermia is not unpleasant at the end.

xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Feb 6 03:43 AM

Elk in Norway.

SPUCK  Thursday Feb 6 07:00 AM

He's hibernating.

Sundae  Thursday Feb 6 12:07 PM


Gravdigr  Thursday Feb 6 01:02 PM

It's spa day in Norwegia.

xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Mar 26 01:40 AM

I found an article about fish being killed in Minnesota lakes , which may apply to the Norwegian mess.

Winterkill is a natural process that happens when fish don't have enough dissolved oxygen in water, he said. Because of the ice cover, oxygen in winter comes mainly from aquatic plants, which receive enough sunlight through ice to grow.

But in years with lots of snow, sunlight penetrates ice less and plants stop growing. Instead of producing oxygen in water, the plants consume it as they die and decompose.

"Right now, if winter stays on track like it is, we might see more winterkill this year," said Sean Sisler, aquatic habitat specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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