Mar 20, 2015 I Paul Seaburn

Loud Booms in North Carolina Followed by Massive Fish Kill

Those mysterious booms that have been heard around the world with increasing frequency may have claimed some innocent victims. On March 16, 2015, loud booms were heard and felt by people living along the U.S. Atlantic coast from North Carolina north to Delaware. Less that 24 hours later, thousands of dead fish began washing up on the beaches of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Coincidence, catastrophe or conspiracy?

In North Carolina, the first boom occurred at 4:24 pm and the second at 6:24 pm. They were reported to local officials and to the U.S. Geological Survey, which detected no earthquake activity at either of those times. The USGS admitted it was at a loss to explain the booms and asked for any and all input on its website.

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Areas reporting loud booms on March 16, 2015

While there was some offshore weather activity, any thunder would not be felt all the way to Delaware. There were no reports of any military aircraft activities and related sonic booms from the nearby Harvey Point Defense Testing Activity facility in Hertferd, North Carolina. No explanation, no responsibility, nothing to see here … everybody move along.

Until the fish started dying.

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Dead fish on a beach in Corolla, NC

The day after the booms, there were reports of thousands of dead fish and a dead dolphin washing up on beaches in Corolla, NC, on the northern Outer Banks. The area of beach covered with dead fish eventually reached three miles in length.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Water Resources, which monitors fish kill activity, reported that the fish were primarily menhaden. Also known as mossbunker, bunker and pogy, menhaden are oily fish caught primarily for animal feed and fish oil supplements. According to Division of Water Resources environmental specialist Jill Paxson, they are extremely sensitive to environmental changes like algae blooms cutting off oxygen or rapid fluxes in water temperature.

Or mysterious loud booms?

No one is saying anything. Meanwhile, the booms go unexplained and the dead fish keep washing up. Coincidence, catastrophe or conspiracy?

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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