MASSIVE DEATH CONNECTIONS PT7
HAVE THEY STOPPED? NO!! Massive animal die offs continue but mainstream media does not cover it…NO BIG SURPRISE!
MAY 09, 2011– Kazakh Investigate Caspian Seal Deaths-Mangystaum, Kazakhstan — Some 12-15 dead seals have washed up over the past week on the western Kazakh shore of the Caspian Sea, RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service reports. Erik Utebaliev, a local resident, told RFE/RL he found 10-12 dead Caspian seals of all ages, from full-grown adults to pups, on May 3 and three more on May 8. Kirill Osin, director of the nongovernmental organization EKO Mangistau, told RFE/RL he and his colleagues planned to inspect the seals on May 10 and take tissue samples for analysis to try to determine whether they were poisoned. He said he had only seen photos of the dead animals and it was too early to speculate about the cause of death. Osin recalled that the local authorities attributed a mass death of seals in the region two years ago to a virus and inclement weather. He rejected that conclusion, noting that dead seals are found only in the vicinity of intensive exploitation of offshore oil deposits.
MAY 11, 2011-THOUSANDS OF FISH DEAD-Lake Charles, Louisiana – Thousands of dead fish were discovered Wednesday, lining the shore of the I-210 beach. Most of the fish washed ashore on the southwest corner of the beach. Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries identified the fish as Shad, which are known to travel in huge schools and are more common in creeks. Biologists collected samples of the fish to send off for testing. Though no official results are back, biologists said the fish kill was most likely caused by low oxygen levels. Low oxygen levels are usually caused by low tides and high temperatures and usually affect one species. Fish kills are common along the Gulf Coast, especially during the summer months. Since officials don’t believe the fish pose any threat to humans or animals, the I-210 beach remains open.
MAY 11, 2011-SECOND WAVE OF PELICAN DEATHS-A second wave of mysterious pelican injuries and deaths has occurred in the past several weeks at Topsail Island in North Carolina following earlier incidents about six months ago in which about 250 pelicans died as a result of still undetermined causes. Necropsies in the fall of 2010 performed at the University of Georgia on the first group of Brown Pelicans were inconclusive as to cause of injury though there was no evidence of toxicological causes such as poisons. The newly found birds have also been sent to the university for analysis. This recent incident involves about 30 pelicans that washed up on the shores either dead or so badly injured that they had to be euthanized. In an interview with WNCT-TV, Toni O’Neil of the Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary commented on the injuries to one bird “… [it] looks like a bomb has gone off in the wing. It’s that shattered and smashed so completely”.
MAY 13, 2011-More Dead Dolphins Wash Up in Orange Beach Alabama
MAY 14, 2011-It’s Official-Cell Phones Killing Bees-Scientists may have found the cause of the world’s sudden dwindling population of bees – and cell phones may be to blame. Research conducted in Lausanne, Switzerland has shown that the signal from cell phones not only confuses bees, but also may lead to their death. Over 83 experiments have yielded the same results. With virtually most of the population of the United States (and the rest of the world) owning cell phones, the impact has been greatly noticeable.
Led by researcher Daniel Favre, the alarming study found that bees reacted significantly to cell phones that were placed near or in hives in call-making mode. The bees sensed the signals transmitted when the phones rang, and emitted heavy buzzing noise during the calls. The calls act as an instinctive warning to leave the hive, but the frequency confuses the bees, causing them to fly erratically. The study found that the bees’ buzzing noise increases ten times when a cell phone is ringing or making a call – aka when signals are being transmitted, but remained normal when not in use.
MAY 12, 2011-Sharks Dying Due To Internal Bledding-Dozens of leopard sharks have been washing up dead in California since April, and now a necropsy shows at least one of the sharks died of massive internal bleeding, such that blood was even coming out of the shark’s skin, according to a Daily News report. The necropsy, conducted by the California Department of Fish and Game, uncovered “inflammation, bleeding and lesions in the brain, and hemorrhaging from the skin near vents.” According to the Daily News story, bleeding was additionally detected around the tested female’s other internal organs.
MAY 12, 2011-Redwood Shore Sharks-Officials have completed a necropsy on one of the dozens of leopard sharks found dead in Redwood Shores last month but aren’t any closer to pinpointing the cause of the sudden die-off. The necropsy performed by a California Department of Fish and Game pathologist found “inflammation, bleeding, and lesions in the brain, and hemorrhaging from the skin near vents.” Bleeding was also detected around the female shark’s internal organs. Additional tests, such as a bacterial study and microscopic tissue analysis, may provide an answer, according to a statement released by Redwood City. Results could be available by the end of the week.
MAY 13, 2011-Dead Walleye in Ohio-Port Clinton — As anglers from more than a dozen states are trying to figure out how to catch the largest walleye this week, Ohio Department of Natural Resources biologists will be trying to figure out what killed thousands of others recently.
“I’m hearing thousands or tens of thousands maybe, on the high side,” said biologist and ODNR Lake Erie Program Administrator Roger Knight. “This is something out of the ordinary.” According to Knight, there are several possible causes.
MAY 17, 2011-Unusual Tropical Fish Wash Up-The Department of Fisheries says a strong Leeuwin Current is causing an unusual species of fish to wash up on Albany’s shores. Dozens of oceanic sunfish have been found dead on Goode Beach and at Frenchman’s Bay. The sunfish is native to tropical and temperate waters. The department’s senior research scientist Dr Kim Smith says a strong current is dragging large numbers of sunfish to cooler, southern waters. “This time of year is associated with the Leeuwin Current flowing across the South Coast at its strongest,” she said.
MAY 18, 2011-Shark Deaths-This winter’s heavy rains – beneficial to so many species – may, in fact, be diluting saltwater in San Francisco Bay so dramatically that leopard sharks are dying in the very spots where they prefer to give birth and search for food, scientists said Tuesday. State biologists investigating a rash of leopard shark casualties around the region over the past month think the torrents of freshwater flowing into shoreline lagoons may be throwing the body chemistry of the fish fatally off balance.
MAY 18, 2011-Gulf Beach Dolphins-Laurel Lockamy has seen her share of dead sea life washing up on the beaches of Mississippi. Like a few other residents, she’s toted her camera along wherever she goes, documenting the dolphins, sea turtles, red fish and plethora of dead birds that seem to be washing in unusually high numbers. That isn’t stopping Gulf businesses from hoping for a better year than last, when beaches were soaked in oil and tourism vanished with the black tide. Now there are signs business is rebounding. Tourist industries in Florida panhandle report better than expected traffic this year. Some in Congress in fact are pushing for increased drilling in the Gulf, with fewer safety and environmental reviews of the process. It seems some lawmakers have short memories. But not all is well in the Gulf. High numbers of endangered sea turtles and dolphins have washed into the beaches, although the number of fatalities is declining. Scientists still don’t know what has caused this spike in deaths.
MAY 20, 2011-Scotland Whales-Marine animal experts are preparing for a potential mass stranding by up to 100 pilot whales in South Uist in the Western Isles. The whales were spotted in Loch Carnan on Thursday afternoon and about 20 were said to have had cuts to their heads. It is thought the injuries may have been caused by the whales’ attempts to strand themselves on the rocky foreshore of the sea loch. Sick and injured whales are known to beach themselves to die. However, at times, dying whales have been followed to shore by healthy animals. Conservationists have also suggested the whales may have got lost, or entered the loch following prey. Rescuers said inflatable pontoons for refloating whales were on the way. The pod had been moving back and forth from the shore and rescuers said the animals were “very vocal”, which may be a sign of distress. The whales, a deep water species, have since moved from the loch back to a nearby bay, where they were seen earlier on Thursday. Members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) fear the whales could die in a massive beaching – which could be Scotland’s largest stranding. BDMLR Scottish organiser Alasdair Jack said preventing the mammals from stranding would cause unnecessary suffering and the animals would only move on to another shoreline.
MAY 20, 2011-Romanian Dolphins-Another two dolphins were found dead on the beaches in Mamaia and Vama Veche, South East Romania in the last two days, news agency Agerpres reports. According to the executive director of the eco NGO Oceanic Club in Constanta, in the last two weeks the number of dead dolphins was over 15.
According to the director, just last week his organization was signalled regarding the presence of another 7 dead dolphins on the sea shore.
MAY 22, 2011-Scotland Pilot Whales-A pod of more than 60 pilot whales, at risk of beaching, has again left a Hebridean loch after one of them died. The animals had left the shallow waters of Loch Carnan in South Uist on Saturday, however returned during the night when the beaching took place. A post-mortem examination suggested the young female died from a disease, not because it was stranded on rocks.
MAY 25, 2011-Mexican Whale Sharks-Up to 420 whale sharks gathered off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, forming the world’s largest known assembly of this species, according to a press release issued by the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
The discovery counters the widely held belief that whale sharks, which can weigh more than 79,000 pounds, are solitary filter feeders that prefer to be alone in the open ocean. The impressive shark assembly proves they will gather for the right reasons. Food now appears to be the draw. “Whale sharks are the largest species of fish in the world, yet they mostly feed on the smallest organisms in the ocean, such as zooplankton,” Mike Maslanka, biologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and head of the Department of Nutrition Sciences, says in the press release. “Our research revealed that in this case, the hundreds of whale sharks had gathered to feed on dense patches of fish eggs.” Maslanka and his team identified the whale shark assembly using both surface and aerial surveys. Considering these sharks can grow to more than 40 feet long, the surface-level surveying must have been extraordinary.
MAY 28, 2011-Mice Eat Pigs-When South Australian farmer John Gregory entered his piggery he could not believe what he saw – mice attacking his pigs. Since he first saw them dining out on his prized stock he has been at his wit’s end about how to get rid of them. Now, as a desperate last resort, he is covering his pigs at a farm property in Wynarka, 130km east of Adelaide, in engine oil to protect them from the mice, with the rodents apparently turned off by the taste. “The mouse problem got really bad in April,” Mr. Gregory said. “We went away in the school holidays and when we came back we drove up the driveway and it looked like the ground was moving – there were hundreds of thousands of them.” Mr. Gregory, 50, said he put engine oil on his 15 pigs to protect them from the sun about once a month.
MAY 29, 2011-800 Tons of Fish-More than 800 tons of fish have died and rotted on fish farms in a lake near Taal volcano south of Manila, with authorities blaming it on a sudden temperature drop. The massive fish deaths started late last week but have eased. Officials have banned the sale of the rotting fish, which are being buried by the truckload in Talisay and four other towns in Batangas province, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources official Rose del Mundo said Sunday. The deaths are unrelated to recent signs of restiveness in Taal volcano, which is surrounded by the lake where many villagers have grown milkfish and tilapia – staple food for many Filipinos, officials said. The volcano and lake are a popular tourist draw. Talisay agricultural officer Zenaida Mendoza said an initial investigation showed the deaths may have been caused by the temperature change as the rainy season set in last week after a scorching summer, which also depleted the lake’s oxygen levels.
MAY 31, 2011-1,600 Plus Jellyfish-More than 1,600 people within a 10-mile stretch of central Florida’s Atlantic beaches have been stung in the past week by a distinctive species of jellyfish not indigenous to North America, a rescue official said Tuesday.
Brevard County Ocean Rescue officials said they began flying warning flags at beaches from Cocoa Beach to Cape Canaveral last Tuesday, indicating either a medium or high hazard, along with another flag indicating dangerous marine life. “From last Wednesday to Friday, we got about 600 reports. Saturday to (Tuesday), we got another thousand,” Chief Jeff Scabarozi said.
JUNE 1, 2011-44 Foot Sperm Whale-Efforts were under way today to remove the body of a massive whale which died after being stranded on Redcar beach. Work began after a post-mortem examination was carried out in a bid to establish what killed the gentle giant. The 44-foot long male sperm whale was found washed up on the beach close to Green Lane by an early morning walker yesterday. Extensive efforts were made to save the massive mammal but it later died.
JUNE 02, 2011-Antelope Mass Deaths-Some 440 endangered saiga antelopes have been found dead in Kazakhstan in May this year; in Spring 2010 over 12,000 saigas died under similar, mysterious circumstances. A bacterial infection is thought to be the immediate cause of death, though underlying factors are not understood. Both incidents primarily affected females and their calves. The saiga almost went extinct in the 20th century but recovered briefly. The World Wildlife Fund estimates there were over a million in the wild in the early 1990s, but they now number around 50,000 and are on the IUCN’s critically endangered species list.
JUNE 2, 2011-Antelope Again-One year after a mysterious epidemic wiped out 12,000 critically endangered saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica) in Kazakhstan, the ailment has struck there again, this time killing more than 400 animals. Kazakhstan Today reports that 442 saiga antelope – including 360 does and 82 calves – were found dead in May. Like a year ago, they fell victim to pasteurellosis, an infection that afflicts the lungs. But what caused the infection? West Kazakhstan regional governor Baktykozha Izmukhambetov told a cabinet meeting on May 31 that “some sort of poisoning from the flora, which is to say from the grass, is taking place.”
JUNE 3, 2011-Earthworm Die Off-From Louisville to Cincinnati to Dayton to Cleveland, beginning yesterday afternoon there have been thousands upon untold thousands of earthworms coming out of the ground which have subsequently ‘fried’ on the surface from the rays of the sun. Some local mainstream media outlets are reporting that the cause of the earthworm die-off is from heavy rain or acidic soil. The problem is, some of the reported areas have been dry, and certainly not all of Ohio soil has suddenly become ‘acidic’. Another explanation is that it is mating season for earthworms (the Spring), when they often come out of the ground and get trapped on the concrete or hard surfaces, and eventually die from the sun’s rays. The thing is, I don’t recall having heard of this kind of mass earthworm doom-and-gloom occurring on such a wide scale, and found it interesting given the fact that so many other animal die-off’s have been reported during this past year.
JUNE 6, 2011-Golden Eagles Dying-California’s attempts to switch to green energy have inadvertently put the survival of the state’s golden eagles at risk. Scores of the protected birds have been dying each year after colliding with the blades of about 5,000 wind turbines. Now the drive for renewable power sources, such as wind and the sun, being promoted by President Obama and state Governor Jerry Brown has raised fears that the number of newborn golden eagles may not be able to keep pace with the number of turbine fatalities.
JUNE 8, 2011-Georgia Fish-Federal environmental regulators say, they might never know what led to a fish kill in the Ogeechee River. Orlando Montoya of W-S-V-H in Savannah reports, state officials now are discovering dead mussels. A US Environmental Protection Agency memo released this week repeats what’s already known about the kill — that it was caused by a common bacteria. But it then concludes, it might be impossible to know for certain what made the fish suceptible to the bacteria in the first place. Fisheries manager Tim Barrett of the state Environmental Protection Division says, it’s frustrating, but there are many factors.
JUNE 8, 2011-Solomon Island-People of central Marovo lagoon in the West have baffled over the sightings of dead fish floating in the lagoon since the weekend. Reports reaching Solomon Star early this week said since Saturday there were schools of dead fish found floating inside the lagoon area. A man from the area Lloyd Nonga said the sightings of the dead fish have caused panic amongst the villagers. “Dead fish found here in Marovo lagoon for the last 3 days, since Saturday. “There were dead fish floating in the sea which caused panic among local communities here in the central part of Marovo lagoon,” he said. Mr Nonga who informed this paper via email said the exact cause that led to the death of fish stock in the area is still unknown as of yesterday. But he said locals have blamed a foreigner who is developing a tourism resort in the area. “Locals are pointing figure to a foreigner who is married to a local Marovo woman and is developing an island on the edge of the lagoon for tourism,” he said.
JUNE 10, 2011-Penguins Wash Up-As many as 600 Magallan penguins have been found dead on Uruguayan coasts; scientists are investigating why so many penguins have died on their way to Brazilian waters. Authorities said they also spotted turtles, several albatros, and dolphins, in addition to the large amount of penguins. Scientists are baffled; though it is not unusual to have dead sea life in the area, as large boats do their maintenance in the vicinity, it is very unusual to have such large numbers, as well as the fact that no small animals have washed up ashore, only large animals.
JUNE 10, 2011-Arab Fish-Kuwait City – Contrary to the claims of the Environment Public Authority (EPA), the Kuwait Society for Protection of Environment says fish are continuing to die in large numbers in the Arabian Gulf waters, reports Al-Mustaqbal daily. The society made the statement after studying the satellite images of dead fish found floating in Kuwaiti territorial waters a few days ago. Meanwhile, Kuwaiti expert and General Coordinator of the project on the impact of climate changes on Kuwaiti marine environment Dr Thamer Al-Rasheedi said test results showed a remarkable rise in temperature of sea waters compared to the previous years. A large number of fish died in Kuwaiti waters recently due to decrease in oxygen levels in the water “and this is a natural process that occurs due to water current and high temperatures,” Al-Seyassah daily quoted Deputy Director of Fish Resources Sector at the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) Dr Haidar Murad as saying.
JUNE 14, 2011-Horse Disease In Europe-International horse charity World Horse Welfare has been made aware of two outbreaks of the serious equine disease dourine in Europe. Evidence of the disease has been reported in Catania and Sicily and World Horse Welfare is monitoring the situation closely. According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which announced the outbreaks, no horses can be exported from Sicily for at least six months, and they recommend that horse owners and keepers of breeding animals understand the clinical signs for dourine. Dourine is a notifiable disease, so if you suspect your horse might have contracted it then you are legally obliged to notify your local Animal Health Office. Defra reported that one of the affected horses was humanely euthanized while the second was still alive, but critically ill, at the time of notification (27 May 2011)
JUNE 22, 2011-Cattle Die-Hundreds of cattle including sheep, goats, cows, buffaloes and camels have died of mysterious diseases in a month in different villages of Kachho area lying between Khirthar mountain range in the west and the plains along the river Indus on the east side. The villagers told PPI, that animals so far included 700 goats, 300 sheep, 40 cows, 25 buffaloes and 15 camels. The villagers said that 200 goats, 95 sheep and 3 cows died in Pat Gul Muhammad area of Kachho while 160 goats, 5 cows, 3 buffaloes and 6 camels died in village Raju Dero, Sim and Torr within 20 days. Similarly, over 175 goats, 7 cows, 3 buffaloes and 4 camels died in village Bari, Heero Khan and surrounding areas.
JUNE 23, 2011-You’d need a big portion of chips to go with this. A gigantic sea beast measuring 55ft has been discovered washed up on a beach in Guangdong, China. It was found wrapped in fishing lines, leading locals to suspect that fishermen cut it free from their nets because it was too big to haul in. The creature is too badly decomposed to be positively identified by sight, but it’s thought to have weighed around 4.5tons.