MASSIVE DEATH CONNECTIONS PT8
August 19, 2011-Oxnard, California-Ed Stevenson makes a notation on the findings of Ron Barrett as the two volunteers with Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute investigate the report Friday of several dead dolphins on the beach in Oxnard. Barrett said there were four dead male dolphins and an equal number of sea lions on the beach north of Fifth Street. California -Teresa Camara and her husband, Keith Flanagan, were walking on the Oxnard beach Thursday evening north of Fifth Street when they came across a grisly scene. “We were having a really good time, we were with our dog, the sun was setting and the weather was beautiful, and then we came up to the first dead dolphin,” she said. “And then we found another one, and we looked up and we realized the beach was kind of scattered with dead dolphins.” On Friday morning, volunteers from the Channel Islands Marine and Wildlife Institute found four dead dolphins and four dead sea lions at a site not far from the power plant at Mandalay Beach.
Mon, 15 Aug 2011 18:41 Pearl River County, Mississippi-For the past few days a surge of dead fish has been the scene for folks living along the Pearl River. Residents in Picayune have also been effected by the scare. For families like the Mitchells, living along the Pearl River isn’t just beautiful scenery, it’s a complete way of life. “We feed our families three times a week from these rivers. Whether it be frogs, fish, the wildlife that we hunt during the Winter it’s a big portion of our meat for the year,” said Mitchell.
Sat, 13 Aug 2011
14:12 Australia- More dugongs (Dugong dugon
) have died in Australia this year than in all of 2010. At least 90 of the marine mammals, close relatives of manatees, have starved to death
off the coast of Queensland after floods destroyed the area’s sea grass, the dugong’s main source of food. Another six were killed by boats or fishing nets. Only 79 dugongs were found dead in that region in 2010. Sea grass suffers when it is overwhelmed by freshwater. Massive floods in December and January followed by a cyclone in February dumped a lot of river water into the ocean off Queensland. The runoff also brought pesticides and sediment, providing what Queensland Minister for Environment Vicky Darling called a “triple whammy” to the vegetation. The sea grass problem has also hurt sea turtles in the region. Several hundred dead turtles
washed up along the state’s northern coast late last month. Experts fear many other bodies drifted away or sank to the bottom and were never observed or counted. Darling said the sea grass is not likely to recover this year, although it is expected to eventually bounce back. She said the dugongs, aka sea cows, are also expected to recover in time.
Sun, 14 Aug 2011 10:28 Lousiana-Hundreds of dead fish and black water have led a multi-agency investigation team to a submerged pipeline in Louisiana’s Washington Parish along Pearl River that flows into the Gulf of Mexico but investigators now want to know what is in the black water, draining into the Gulf of Mexico dead zone stench and suffocation, topic of a recent conference. There’s got to be something wrong with the bayou,’ said Mike Tardo, owner of Tardo Hair Designs, 601 W. Second St. in Thibodaux earlier on Wednesday after hundreds of dead fish and turtles had been reported on Monday and Tuesday prompting a Louisiana and Mississippi multi-agency investigation. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reported to WWLTV that “effects from the water” are seen all the way to Walkiah Bluff, Miss., 40-50 miles down river. Officials had said water out of the pipeline, just above Richardson Landing, leading to Temple Inland paper mill is making the water black and filmy according to WWL but whether the mill is the cause is yet to be determined.
Sat, 13 Aug 2011 13:03 Australia-A giant groper has died in the Burrum River, prompting speculation as to why fish are perishing in an apparently healthy waterway. The stench of decaying fish hangs over sections of the river and stunned barramundi are reportedly being caught by hand as they swim aimlessly in the shallows. Lifetime local Peter Pearson said he had never seen anything like it in his time living and fishing in the region.
Thu, 11 Aug 2011 Broken Arrow, Okla – It was a bit of a mystery as hundreds of birds were found dead yesterday in the Oklahoma town of Broken Arrow. Tulsa County and state experts say severe weather is to blame. Officials speculate lightning and thunder scared the birds out of the trees, causing them to either fly or be blown back into trees and buildings. Most of the birds were found near a local Walmart. Experts are also speculating the birds were so soaked with rain, they died from hypothermia. State wildlife experts say bird die-offs are common after severe weather. They also say there is no threat of disease from the dead birds.
Thu, 04 Aug 2011 22:42-Montrose, Alabama – It seems Shark Week has taken on a whole new meaning in south Alabama. More than 14 sharks washed ashore just a little more than a mile down Montrose Beach.
FOX10 showed video of the occurrence to several Marine and Fishery Biologists. They said they know it’s a shark but are not sure what species. “I can’t tell what type of shark this is. The bodies are decomposed so bad I can’t tell what species this is,” said biologist Chris Denson. Some suggested they could be small bull sharks. They said the sight is not uncommon along the Gulf Coast. “First part of July we had a call from someone about sharks on shore,” said Dr. Marcus Drymon, Fisheries Biologist with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. “Turns out they were eight to 10 bull sharks.” The exact cause of death remains a mystery, but researchers said salinity really affects these fish, and anything from a pulse of fresh water or extremely dry weather can change the amount of salt in the water.
Wed, 03 Aug 2011 19:17 Grand Isle-Betty Doud, a painter who lives in one of the hardest-hit areas from the BP oil spill, spoke again to Examiner this week. She had posted a video on Facebook that showed some horrifically large tar “balls” that had washed up on the beach. These weren’t balls – they were huge chunks, like dried petroleum bowling balls. Examiner asked Betty if she’d respond to some questions. She ended up writing a thorough report of what she observed over just the past few days. Here’s what she had to say (this has only been lightly edited for clarity): My last walk on the beach was 7-30-2011. All along the beach there was fresh tar that had washed up during the night. The day before, 7-29, the whole beach was covered with the brown foam we were seeing all winter long. This was the first time I had seen that much since February, 2011. So, seeing the foam on the 29th I knew something was up — they were trying to hide something again. So I was not surprised to find the tar and some small sections of oil on 7-30. I aslo found a dead adult dolphin on 7-30. It had been there awhile — half rotted. Birds had not touched it either. Before the spill I had never seen anything like these tar chunks. Once in a while I’d notice a tar ball or two, but it’s been like that on every beach I’ve ever lived on, that’s normal. Oil will exude from the ocean floor. I hadn’t seen this kind of tar since the spill was cleaned up here. I still see a lot of tar balls but nothing like this. These where HUGE tar chunks — raw, fresh. People do not understand that this is nowhere near over. There is still oil out in the Gulf in hugh plumes, also some sunk to the gulf floor creating a tar mat. The center of the mat is still soft tar also. I know his because I see it all the time on the beach. One side raw; the other hard. I walk the beach all the time; that’s why I moved here — to be on the beach. In the last year I’ve seen every type of fish wash up dead. From the small shoreline fish to the large deepwater fish and ALL of them have their intestines hanging out their butts. Even birds I’ve found in the same condition. hey also have strange- looking sores on them, but the strangest thing about all the dead sea life is none of the birds are eating any of the dead fish that are on the beach. Before there would be flocks of birds feeding on anything dead… not any more, they don’t touch them. BP has left the island; there’s no one here to clean anything up anymore. I think BP and our government are covering this all up. Media won’t come near us — they’re told there is no story here. But who owns the media? Corporations connected to Big Oil, etc. If BP and the government admit there is a problem now, then they’ll have to admit to all the lies they have been telling all along about the spill.The oil is still here. It is not over. It has to be researched, investigated, [to] find out what is happening to all the sealife so we’ll be able to protect the people from the same fate. Dolphins are the closest thing to humans in the water. Our government has confiscated all dolphin cacrassess from all scientists across the gulf, because of a lawsuit.They seem to not worry at all about the health of the USA people. I feel we need to find out now what happened to the dolphins, then save the people.
Mon, 01 Aug 2011 17:10 Roswell, New Mexico – Something mysterious is happening at Bottomless Lakes State Park. Lea Lake is closed to swimming after hundreds of dead fish started washing up on shore Friday. An empty lake on a hot summer day is an unusual sight for Lea Lake, which is normally packed with swimmers this time of year. “It is extremely weird to see it this empty,” explained lifeguard Leonardo Granados. “Even on weekdays there’s still quite a few people that come out. Weekends, that’s the worst whenever there’s the most people, probably about 200 people come out,” Granados said, referring to how packed Lea Lake usually is. Granados has been a lifeguard at Bottomless Lakes for three years. With the recent fish-kill, his duties have changed from making sure people in the lake are safe, to keeping an eye out for dead fish.
Mon, 01 Aug 2011 17:26 Australia-With the health of the River Murray and Lower Lake system at its best in years, the mass “fish kill” is a mystery. Point Sturt resident Dot Ratcliffe said she was alarmed to find the problem when she went kayaking on the lake yesterday morning. “I saw them (extending) about 400m out in to the lake,” she said. “It’s terribly upsetting, very distressing. There are thousands of fish washed up, something you do not want to see. I have been living here for 10 years and never seen anything like this.”
Mon, 25 Jul 2011 17:43 Seymour, Indiana- Imagine thousands of fish literally turn up dead in a lake near your home. That’s just what happened at a lake in Seymour, Indiana. So, our viewers called us asking us to get answers. Neighbors say they’ve never seen anything like this before. Stinking, dead fish giving off a foul odor and floating in the lake is what Corey Lanier and his neighbors came across this weekend.
Sat, 23 Jul 2011 03:00 Northwest Scotland-Fifteen pilot whales have died in a mass stranding near the northwestern tip of Scotland, according to a rescue charity. Rescuers have been trying to save a pod of around 60 long-finned pilot whales in the Kyle of Durness, a sea inlet near Cape Wrath. Around 35 beached as the water receded at low tide and 20 were refloated using inflatable pontoons as the water level rose again. However, the remainder perished, said the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) charity. The rescue effort was stood down following nightfall Friday and was to resume after sunrise Saturday. Mark Simmonds, head of science at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, said the Kyle of Durness looked like a “whale trap”. “Something may have startled the group further out to sea and they panicked, came into this unusual situation and were unable to find their way out.
Fri, 22 Jul 2011 09:18 Dead fish have been washing up on the beaches at Naples since Monday. And commercial fishermen out of Madeira Beach and marine scientists have been conducting a survey of fish with sores and deformities in the Gulf of Mexico since the first week of July. The exact cause of these problems hasn’t been pinpointed yet, and the reports have been isolated dating to the winter. But two possible reasons being mentioned are the Gulf oil spill last April and a “dead zone” devoid of oxygen. The St. Petersburg Times reported last week that three 10-day trips into the Gulf from Madeira Beach and Panama City that departed July 6, July 8 and July 18 were searching for fish that might have some sort of disease. They are catching and checking fish from the Keys across to Texas. The Times report said red snapper and vermilion snapper caught by fishermen showed “wounds straight through their muscle tissue.”
Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:34 Prairieville, Louisiana- Hot weather is causing trouble for a Prairieville neighborhood. However, it’s not just the heat causing trouble. People there are dealing with a lake, full of dead fish.
Wed, 20 Jul 2011 08:05 Florida-Sharks, rays, crabs, and all kinds of fish have been turning up dead on Southwest Florida beaches for the past two days. The dead fish started washing ashore Monday morning near Vanderbilt Beach in Collier County, just north of Naples. Now, state researchers in the Bay Area work to figure out what’s killing all the sea life. “We can microscope, analyze the cells at the cellular level,” Biologist Catalina Brown tells 10 News as she sorts through tissue samples from dead fish at the Fish & Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg. Brown is one state researcher working to solve the mystery of what’s killing all sorts of fish in Collier County.
Queensland’s Department of Environment and Resource Management says it cannot explain why large schools of fish are dying in a Cape York river.
Tue, 19 Jul 2011
00:37 Cape York River, Australia-The department says it received reports of about 1,000 dead fish floating in parts of the Normanby River, at the Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park, last week. Most of the dead fish were barramundi and jewfish. The department has been testing the river’s water quality but says acidity, salinity and dissolved oxygen levels are all normal, and there is no evidence of contamination. A spokesman says fish deaths can occur naturally in water courses with rapid changes to water temperature. He says there is no evidence the fish pose a risk to public health. Samples of the fish have been tested and results are expected next week.
Mon, 18 Jul 2011 06:21 Great Barrier Reef, Australia-This turtle was found on July 17 at Second Beach, Tannum Sands. Experts on the Great Barrier Reef are calling for increased efforts to protect dugongs and green turtles. The campaign by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority was launched yesterday as news emerged of another dead turtle found at Tannum Sands on the weekend. GBRMPA is stepping up its efforts to promote smart boating and fishing practices to protect the animals, as record numbers of deaths are being recorded along the coast. “The evidence is pretty strong that it’s a loss of seagrass and loss of condition (that is the main factor in the deaths),” GBRMPA chairman Dr Russell Reichelt said. “Essentially these animals are actually starving.”
Sun, 17 Jul 2011
04:19 India-Marine biologists are concerned about the “missing” jellyfish that are washed ashore on Mumbai’s beaches during the monsoon. Experts feel it could be due to lack of strong southwest monsoon winds that blow during this time. “This is an unusual phenomenon. The number of jellyfish that gets washed ashore annually is high. However, this year, their numbers seem to have depleted,”
said Dr Vinay Deshmukh, principal scientist with the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI). According to the fisherfolk, the arrival of jellyfish on the shores is an indication of the monsoon. “But southwest monsoon winds that start usually from mid-May onwards have not been strong enough this year resulting in the unusual trend,” said Dr Deshmukh. According to meteorological data, monitored by the CMFRI, the wind force this year has been between 21 to 27 kmph during May and June. On the other hand, the wind force recorded on July 12 was around 81 kmph. Interestingly enough, other parts of the world, and particularly nuclear power plants, experienced
Fri, 15 Jul 2011 07:49 New Zealand-Countless thousands of prions have died in a phenomenon the Department of Conservation is calling a “seabird wreck.” DOC is caring for more than a hundred weak and weary seabirds at its New Plymouth headquarters but thousands more were found washed up dead on Taranaki beaches. Marine supervisor Bryan Williams said DOC was inundated with the disoriented and distressed birds, which are being kept in cardboard boxes, on Wednesday. Mr Williams said DOC staff scoured beaches at low tide yesterday and found more than 3500 dead birds. The majority of the birds are broad-billed prions with some Antarctic prions, thin-billed prions and the odd diving petrel.
Sun, 17 Jul 2011 12:00 Five more cattle have been claimed by the ‘mysterious disease’ that spread in and around the Makhan village of Manipur’s Senapati district even as state Veterinary Department is still has no clue about the disease.On July 11, India-Newmai News Network had reported that over 50 cows and buffaloes had been killed by the mysterious disease. A team of officials of the state veterinary department led by its joint director had visited Makhan village and took stock of the situation on Wednesday (July 13). While collecting samples require for determining the disease, the team also provided medicines apart. They also administered injection to the cattle infected by the disease as a step towards contentment of the disease. Since the day, the number of cattle claim by the disease has been reduced but as steps to control the disease was yet to be taken up. There were still apprehensions of killing for cattle in the mind of the villagers, said Athuiliu, a villager over phone. He also lamented that officials of the veterinary department had failed to revisit the village. “We are unhappy with attitude of the officials when they remain silent without informing us about the disease till date,” he said.
Sun, 17 Jul 2011 03:07 Haryana, India-A mysterious disease in Khanpur village of Kaithal district led to sudden death of nearly 25 buffalos in past 24 hours, plunging the villagers into mourning. A team of doctors rushed to the village after reports of the disease, which is killing one cattle almost every hour, since Friday evening, but have so far failed to identify the disease or the cause of so many deaths. The disease was noticed on Friday evening after when buffaloes started falling to the ground following which villagers consulted a veterinary assistant in the village. But even after treatment there was no improvement and buffalos started dying by late night on Friday. Villagers informed that the buffalos stopped taking fodder or hay initially and then laid on the floor. Ram Pal Singh, a farmer, informed that he had brought his buffalo home from the village pond along with many other villagers. The symptoms started soon after returning home.
Thu, 14 Jul 2011
14:01 WORLD-A healthy coral reef ecosystem with sharks off Jarvis Island, an uninhabited island located in the South Pacific Ocean. A loss of these large predators can alter the patterns of predation and herbivory, ultimately leading to an coral system where reef-building corals and coralline algae lose their competitive advantage. The loss of top predators, such as lions, wolves and sharks, is causing unpredictable changes to food chains around the world, according to a review written by 24 scientists. These animals, called apex predators, play a crucial role in ecosystems,
and their disappearance – often due to hunting by humans and loss of habitat – can lead to changes in vegetation, wildfire frequency, infectious diseases, invasive species, water quality and nutrient cycles, according to the authors led by James Estes, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. “The loss of apex consumers is arguably humankind’s most pervasive influence on the natural world,” the researchers conclude in a review published in the July 15 issue of the journal Science
which examined findings from studies of ecosystems on land, in freshwater and in the ocean.
Tue, 12 Jul 2011 09:49 Oklahoma-Marshall County – Large numbers of dead fish continue to show up in waters all over Oklahoma. Today we talked with local fishermen in Marshall County about what they’ve been experiencing. “I don’t know whether they run out of oxygen or what it is they ought to be able to test the water and find out.” said Jack Campbell. Jack Campbell has been fishing Wilson Creek all his life. He says 3 weeks ago, small fish started dying and now large fish, many more than 40 and 50 pounds are dying as well.
Fri, 08 Jul 2011 07:12 Richmond County, North Carolina-20 of Wesley and Sammy Anderson’s Angus cows were killed by lightning on Wednesday afternoon. A lightning storm Wednesday afternoon claimed the lives of 20 Angus cows belonging to Wesley and Sammy Anderson, of Ellerbe. The cows congregated underneath a tree when the storm rolled in, and were killed when lightning struck and traveled through the group. “We’re fourth generation farmers, and my dad and I don’t ever remember seeing anything like this,” said Sammy. “I’ve heard of cows being hit standing in ponds, but not this many – and I’ve never seen it myself.” Sammy said that it’s normal for cows to congregate under trees during storms.
Wed, 06 Jul 2011 18:39 Canada-Eric MacIntosh of the Department of fisheries and Oceans assesses the condition of the whale on June 28, the day it was first found beached in Shelburne Harbour. A necropsy at Charlottetown’s Atlantic Veterinary College has been unable to determine why a pygmy sperm whale beached itself and died in Nova Scotia last week. The whale was found high and dry on a beach in Shelburne Harbour, on Nova Scotia’s south shore. Pygmy sperms are amongst the smallest of whales, usually about three metres long fully grown. This was a particularly large one – almost four metres long and weighing more than 200 kilograms. With the help of members of the Nova Scotia Marine Animal Response Society, fisheries officers rolled the whale back into the water half-a-dozen times. Eric MacIntosh of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said he was hopeful as he watched the whale gain strength swimming across the harbour.
Wed, 06 Jul 2011 18:31 Canada-Something’s Fishy Flies dine on one of dozens of dead fish Wednesday washed up on the shores of the lake at Marden Park. The lake is closed to swimming and fishing due to what the Township of Guelph-Eramosa is calling “a public health concern.” Guelph – The Township of Guelph-Eramosa immediately cordoned off the lake at Marden Park after dead fish began washing ashore Monday. By Wednesday morning, hundreds of flies were dining on dozens of dead, blanched fish floating on their sides in the shallow shoreline. At least one dead bird was found rotting near the water. Guelph-Eramosa chief administrative officer Janice Sheppard said a fisherman called the township Monday after he noticed the dead fish. She called the closure a precaution.
Wed, 06 Jul 2011 18:24 Love County, Oklahoma — Fishermen in a small community in southern Oklahoma are looking for answers after finding thousands of dead fish on the Red River. “I’ve never seen anything like it..they just..for some unknown reason they’re just dying,” Bob Stewart. Several residents in the Love County community of Courtney…near the Red River.. say thousands of fish have turned up dead over the past few days.
Tue, 05 Jul 2011 18:14 Milwaukee — Thousands of dead fish are washing up on the shores of Lake Michigan. “It brings back the horror stories we used to have in Milwaukee with the enormous populations of alewives would wash up and destroy our beaches,” said Dan Steininger, of Milwaukee. Experts said small, shiny fishes, called alewives, have been dying off and showing up on beaches around Lake Michigan in recent weeks.
Wed, 06 Jul 2011 13:43 ATTACK OF THE JELLYFISH-Another power station was shut down by jellyfish today amid claims that climate change is causing a population surge among the species. A huge swarm clogged up the Orot Rabin plant in Hadera, Israel, a day after the Torness nuclear facility in Scotland was closed in a similar incident. Hadera ran into trouble when jellyfish blocked its seawater supply, which it uses for cooling purposes, forcing officials to use diggers to remove them.
Wed, 06 Jul 2011 12:49 USA JULY 4TH Celebration-Dozens of Sea Nettle jellyfish are among the thousands that washed ashore in Ormond Beach, Saturday, July 2, 2011. This photo was shot about two miles north of Granada Blvd. Florida’s Volusia County beaches were littered with Sea Nettle jellyfish over Fourth of July holiday weekend. In all my years of beaching it in northern Volusia county, I’ve never seen an invasion of jellyfish, also known as sea jellies, quite like what filled the surf and littered the beach shoreline in Ormond on Saturday. Looking like glass medallions twinkling in the afternoon sun, the jellies stretched by the thousands in northern Volusia, up to Ormond-By-The-Sea. More than 2,000 visitors countywide reported being stung according to Volusia County Beach Patrol.
Tue, 05 Jul 2011
01:16 Israel-A swarm of jellyfish is threatening a power plant in Israel. The facility in Hadera uses sea water for cooling off purposes but huge numbers of jellyfish have been sucked into the cooling system. Comment:
A recent similar case of jellyfish shutting down a power plant happened
Wed, 29 Jun 2011 08:08 Ogeechee River-Imagine your favorite fishing lake suddenly losing 60 percent of its bass and 80 percent of its bream to a massive die-off and not knowing the cause. That’s the situation facing Ogeechee River anglers. Five weeks after one of the most devastating fish kills in Georgia history decimated the Ogeechee River, state officials aren’t sure why it happened, but attention centers on a wastewater discharge pipe at King America Finishing. The textile plant near Sylvania has 175 employees and processes more than 50 million yards of fabric annually, applying finishes like fire retardant and water-resistant coatings. The Ogeechee River death zone stretches for 70 miles and begins just below the wastewater discharge pipe.
Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:00 Brazil-Last week, several dozen dead and dying Magellanic penguins were discovered on beaches throughout south Brazil, apparent victims of an oil spill. So far more than 140 penguins have been transfered to animal care facilities to be cleaned and rehabilitated, while an untold number more have already perished from contaminated waters. If this fact alone weren’t cause enough for concern, what’s more troubling is that it’s hardly an isolated incident. For the last ten years, with disturbing regularity, penguins have been washing ashore starving or covered in oil. And while the origins of these annual mass deaths remain officially a mystery — one biologists believes he knows the sinister truth behind them.
Thu, 30 Jun 2011 21:21 South Georgia-Albany – Drought conditions are being blamed for the deaths of hundreds of fish at Radium Springs in south Georgia. Authorities say the creek that normally connects Radium Springs to the Flint River is dry, and the water level is so low that fish don’t have enough oxygen to survive. WALB-TV reports that the natural spring is usually 24 feet deep. Authorities say levels have dropped at least four feet, and all the fish have been pushed into one small area. Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Supervisor Rob Weller says hundreds of fish have died, including large mouth bass, blue gill and gar. Radium Springs is one of 15 major springs around Albany. State officials say that without rain, more of them could see the same problems as Radium Springs.