Archive | June 7, 2015
Pilot whales: Mammals stranded on island near Skye – (Crown)
Nine whales have died and seven others are stuck on a beach after a mass stranding.
The pilot whales became trapped on the beach on the Isle of Skye at 4am on Tuesday.
Two of the 21 whales died before a British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team were able to re-float them.
A pregnant female who was not expected to survive was euthanised after a local vet found her calf had died.
Shortly after their rescue, 16 whales re-stranded themselves on nearby Staffin Island. Four later died and two more were destroyed.
A BDMLR spokesman said: “Sixteen of the re-floated animals have re-stranded on Staffin Island itself and are being given first-aid by the BDMLR team. They are not in an easy position as have stranded awkwardly on rocks, meaning it is difficult to relieve the pressure on their bodies.
“Two more whales have been euthanised on the island.
“These two had been assessed by a vet and due to a poor prognosis from the effects of the initial stranding combined with those of the second stranding, was decided that the most humane outcome for the animals would be for their suffering to be ended.
“The vet was in no doubt that had they been refloated they would not have survived long.
“Each of the remaining seven animals are being assessed in the hope that some may be fit enough to be refloated to join the whales that are currently free swimming and the team continues to give them first aid.”
The pod was first spotted off Staffin at 4.30pm on Monday.
(Crown) via STV
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Hundreds of turtles found dead along the shore of an E’zhou, Hubei Province lake may be the result of mercy releases, local authorities said.
The news follows a local folk holiday on May 26, fangshengjie, during which locals release turtles and other captive animals into Liangzi Lake in the belief that it creates good karma. The practice has roots in Buddhism and Taoism.
Local wildlife authorities speculated that the released turtles, which varied in species, may have not been compatible and killed each other.
Local media reported a local man surnamed Lu first discovered dozens of turtles, which he described as a rare sight on Liangzi Lake, in the rocks and weeds on Monday.
“Most of them were already dead, while those that alive were injured,” Lu said.
Within an hour Lu found 27 turtles still alive and brought them home. He said three died overnight.
According to Lu’s father, sightings of dead turtles at the lake began 10 days earlier.
Villagers first suspected disease or water pollution as the cause of death, but an investigation launched by relevant authorities Monday claimed the lake was not polluted.
Authorities warned the public that the release of non-native species into the lake can threaten its ecosystem.
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Two more cases of bird flu have been found at Iowa turkey farms.
The Iowa Agriculture Department announced Monday that the avian influenza had been confirmed at a farm in Hamilton County with 36,000 turkeys and that a preliminary test for the disease was positive at a Calhoun County farm with 21,000 birds. A federal lab in Ames will test the Calhoun County samples.
Once the flu is confirmed at a farm, all the birds are euthanized.
The Agriculture Department says the virus has infected poultry at farms with more than 26 million birds.
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Hundreds of carp fish have washed ashore at Big Bear Lake due to the drought. (Colleen LeBeau)
Officials in Big Bear are responding to concerns over hundreds of dead fish that are washing up on shore near the lake.
The photos were sent to Eyewitness News by Big Bear resident Colleen LeBeau. She said she has never seen anything like that in her 30 years of living in the area.
The dead fish are popping up at Stansfield Marsh, east of the lake, and it is apparently due to the drought. Water in the area has been receding over the years and the carps do not move toward the deeper parts of the lake. When the water recedes enough, the fish end up dying.
Crews have been working for the last two weeks to save as many of the fish as they can by catching them in nets and moving them into the deeper parts of the marsh. The dead schools of fish are not floating at Big Bear Lake, according to Dan McKernan, director of public relations and marketing for Big Bear.
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Local residents collected carcasses of more than 30 kites near Maralur village in Tumakuru
The incident has left forest officials, bird watchers and conservationists in Bengaluru and Tumakuru shocked
Is it an outbreak of a rare disease or spread of an unknown virus?
Mysterious death of more than 80 kites in Tumakuru city (70 kilometers from Bengaluru), has set off alarm bells in both the forest department and animal husbandry department of the state. According to locals, in the last four-days more than 80 kites have mysteriously died and they suspect it to be either due to poisoning or the outbreak of a rare disease.
The incident has left forest officials, bird watchers and conservationists in Bengaluru and Tumakuru shocked. According to sources in the forest department, the incident came to light on Friday afternoon with locals collecting carcasses of more than 30 kites near Maralur village on Tumakuru’s outskirts.
Talking to BM, TVN Murthy, Honorary Wildlife Warden, founder advisor Wildlife Aware Nature Club, Tumakuru said, “The incident is indeed shocking. Nowhere in Karnataka have we seen such large number of kites dying mysteriously. Previously, the site was used as landfill but later it was cleared and shifted to the outskirts. Yet, the local slaughterhouse owners dispose of carcasses here. It could be because of poisoning or electrocution. We have complained to the district forest official and they have taken samples to the Veterinary University to ascertain the cause of death.” According to sources, locals have been witnessing the death of kites since Tuesday.
“It was only when the locals called us that we got to know about the incident. When we went on Thursday and Friday we could see about 30 dead kites at the spot and prior to our visit, locals had seen many dead kites. There is a vast field located opposite the site and there could be many more lying dead amidst the bushes. We are worried that this could be an outbreak of some disease or a new virus. In either case, it would not only jeopardise the avian population of Karnataka but threaten humans as well,” Murthy clarified.
Speaking to BM, Vinay Luthra, PCCF (Wildlife) said, “It has come to my notice and I have sought reports from the DCF. We suspect it to be poisoning. But samples have been taken to a laboratory in Bengaluru and hopefully by Monday we will know the reason behind the deaths.”
Officials revealed that only two species of kites—Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus) and Black kite (Milvus migrans) have been found dead. Asked whether the kite or vulture population is dwindling across the state, Luthra clarified: “We do not see that trend as we have documented a high number of vultures and kites across Karnataka. Recently our observation in BRT Tiger Reserve, Nagarhole and other parts of the state has revealed a good number of kites and vultures. But in this case we will wait for the lab reports to reveal the exact cause of death and only after that a decision will be taken in this regard.”
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Dozens of penguins were found dead on the south coast of Rio Grande do Sul on Friday (29). The animals appeared on the seafront of Cassino Beach, in Rio Grande.
According to environmentalists, they are likely to have been lost during a storm at sea. This time of year, the penguins return to the original colonies in Patagonia, southern Argentina. The causes of death will be analyzed.
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