Archive | April 5, 2015
An avian epidemiology expert is urging the public to dispose of dead birds and bring sick birds suspected of having avian botulism to a vet.
More than 50 dead birds, including ducks, gulls and a shag, had been collected by Kapiti Coast District Council and SPCA staff, following reports from residents and patrols of waterways.
Massey University veterinary, animal and biomedical sciences associate prof Brett Gartrell said while botulism was possible, it was not the only possible cause for the dead birds.
Cyanobacteria blooms (blue green algae) or deliberate malicious poisoning looked the same.
It was hoped the Ministry of Primary Industries would investigate, he said.
Avian botulism is a toxin caused by a bacteria that lives in rotting vegetation – the same nerve toxin used in botox treatment, he said.
When birds eat the toxin they become aggressively paralysed and die because of respiratory failure. ‘
‘It’s not a nice way to die.”
Botulism was difficult to prevent and popped up when least expected but tended to be “tend to be short explosive outbreaks “
A botulism outbreak could pass to pets that eat the dead birds but not humans.
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About 2,500 cattle have died due to unknown diseases in Pariang County in South Sudan’s Unity State, according to a report released by the county veterinary department.
County Commissioner Monylang Manyiel told Radio Tamazuj that a preliminary report shows unknown diseases are killing cattle in the county and expressed concern that the sickness will spread.
Monylang called on the National Ministry of Animal Resources and the state ministry to provide veterinary medicines so that the cattle are vaccinated.
He further called on the National Ministry of Environment to send a team of experts in order to carry out a survey on the environmental pollution caused by vandalized oil installations in the area due to the ongoing conflict in the area.
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Thousands of dead fish were found floating in Ganga at Dhabka Nullah and Dasheshwar Ghat in Jajmau on Friday. Experts attributed the death of fish to oxygen crisis in river water. However, neither any official from district administration nor from pollution control board visited the spot to take stock of the situation.
In absence of police, locals had a free run carrying away dead fish in baskets. Kids were found carrying away large fish, a few weighing over several kilograms.
A few locals informed the police but no official turned up at the site. Jajmau is the hub of leather tanneries. Recently, power supply to 98 tanneries of the area was snapped and forcibly shut down on the orders of National Green Tribunal (NGT) for flouting norms and polluting Ganga. The death of fish has once again brought the issue of Ganga’s pollution to the forefront.
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Daniel Stringer had an idea after eying the little lobster-like crustaceans that washed ashore on Balboa Island.
“I’ll get the barbeque,” said Stringer, who has lived on Balboa Island for 47 years and has never seen the small crabs like the ones that showed up Saturday. “I like mine with butter.”
Thousands of mini crabs – which actually look like tiny lobsters or craw fish – created a rim of red along the shoreline, scattered on the sand along the sleepy seaside of Balboa Island in Newport Beach. Most washed up dead at high tide, but some were still alive and swimming near the shoreline.
Passerby stopped to marvel at the unusual sight, some people coming to the aid of the ones that still looked like they had some life to them.
The Pleuroncodes planipes, also known as pelagic red crabs or tuna crabs, showed up during the last king tide event – when tides are especially high – at the end of January.
But then, as quick as they showed up, they disappeared – until Saturday morning, when they came in by the thousands. Another king tide event, which only happens a few times each year, showed up again this week, though its unclear whether the two incidents are related.
Experts say the crabs – which are about 1-to 3-inches long – haven’t been seen in the area for decades, and said it’s the warm water that has been lingering near 60-degrees that brought them here. They normally life in Baja California, according to Register archives.
Balboa Island resident Brian Cummings and son Chandler, 9, spent the morning picking them up, one by one, and tossing them back to the sea.
“We try to throw back as many lives ones as we can … We try and look for the bright red ones to throw them back in the water,” Brian Cummings said, picking one up and tossing it into the water, where it simply floated upside down.
When asked if he wanted to eat them up, Chandler looked skeptical.
“They probably don’t have any meat on them,” he said.
Visitor James Gutierrez, of Pomona, was fascinated by the sight.
“You don’t realize how much sea life is out there until you see something like this,” he said.
Aaron Roth, 3, had just one word to describe the sight: “Cooool.”
Resident Michael Brennan knew all about the crabs, doing as much research as possible after the last ones washed ashore about a month ago.
“They swim backwards,” he said to a group gathering near the shore.
The pelagic crabs are the latest in a year of odd sightings along the coast caused by unusual warm water experts say are signs of El Nino. A variety of whales like orcas, sperm and humpback have shown up in high numbers, along with odd sightings like hammerhead sharks and whale sharks in the area.
Other sightings like a glow-in-the-dark organisms called pyrosomes washed ashore in September, and before that a blue, jellyfish-like creatures known as “By-the-wind sailors,” invaded the coastline.
A wahoo – normally found in Mexico – was reeled in by fisherman in August, and anglers are still catching yellowtail of the coast, which are usually scarce during this time of year.
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Intense heat wave swept across Odisha today with the mercury rising above 40 degree Celsius in at least 10 places as the coal belt of Talcher remained the hottest zone in the state at 43.2 degree Celsius.
While Talcher had also recorded 43.2 degree celsius yesterday, the temperature at Bhawanipatna stood at 42.2 degree C today, followed by 42 degree C at Titlagarh, the MeT department here said.
The mercury soared up to 41.7 degree Celsius in Angul, while the maximum temperature was recorded at 41.1 degree Celsius at Balangir, 41 degree Celsius at Sambalpur, 40.6 degree Celsius at Jharsuguda, 40.4 degree Celsius in Malkangiri and 40.2 degree Celsius at both Hirakud and Sonepur.
The state capital of Bhubaneswar, where the weather remained cloudy and humid, recorded 36 degree Celsius, it added.
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