"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."  
The Sign of the Four

At the beginning of this year, the media began reporting on the phenomenon of mass animal deaths that were occuring almost simultaneously all over the world.  Frightening to read, the articles and photos strongly resembled the tension building scenes from a typical Hollywood apocalyptic blockbuster - the scenes that occur right before the destruction of the planet unfolds on an epic scale. 

In countries all around the world hundreds to thousands of dead birds fell out of their skies, for no obvious reason.  Reports poured in daily of thousands to millions of dead fish washing up onto beaches in both hemispheres.  And there was more to come - mysterious livestock deaths would occur in the hundreds and whales dead of starvation would wash ashore in waters far from their natural habitat.  During the most bountiful season, inexplicably starving animals would attack humans as food and sharks would attack swimmers in unprecendented numbers.  This was bad.  Really bad.  And we weren't sitting in a comfortable cinema chair with popcorn in one hand and a Coke in the other, this was happening for real.
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