Archive | October 10, 2015

3 TONS of dead fish wash ashore ‘due to red tide’ in Tamaulipas, Mexico

Fish Kill Alert

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Magnetogram 10.10.15  23.28 hrs UTC


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Depth: 2 km

Distances: 358 km N of Dallas, United States / pop: 1,197,816 / local time: 17:03:05.4 2015-10-10
87 km NE of Oklahoma City, United States / pop: 579,999 / local time: 17:03:05.4 2015-10-10
24 km SE of Stillwater, United States / pop: 45,688 / local time: 17:03:05.4 2015-10-10
6 km NW of Cushing, United States / pop: 7,826 / local time: 17:03:05.4 2015-10-10

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Depth: 21 km

Distances: 184km (114mi) WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
195km (121mi) WSW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
370km (230mi) SSE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
468km (291mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
695km (432mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands


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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 267 km NE of Bratislava, Slovakia / pop: 423,737 / local time: 23:02:00.0 2015-10-10
35 km W of Kraków, Poland / pop: 755,050 / local time: 23:02:00.0 2015-10-10
12 km N of Wadowice, Poland / pop: 19,238 / local time: 23:02:00.0 2015-10-10
4 km W of Spytkowice, Poland / pop: 3,898 / local time: 23:02:00.0 2015-10-10

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Depth: 11 km

Distances: 107 km S of Milan, Italy / pop: 1,306,661 / local time: 22:18:06.4 2015-10-10
26 km NW of Genova, Italy / pop: 601,951 / local time: 22:18:06.4 2015-10-10

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Thousands of dead fish, plus eels and lobsters wash up in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

On Friday morning, thousands of dead fish lay in the sun along Handsome Bay, Virgin Gorda, as frigate birds circled overhead and pelicans and seagulls perched on nearby rocks.
Other dead sea creatures on the shoreline included eels, a six-foot-long shark, lobsters, parrot fish and blowfish, to name a few.
Environmental officials believe the culprit was sargassum seaweed, which covered much of the bay on Friday and which has also been blamed for VG’s water shut-off this week.
In recent months, Handsome Bay has been among the areas hardest hit by the seaweed, and residents have held several cleanups there in part to battle the sulfur smell emitted by the decaying vegetation.
On Friday, the dead fish were in larger numbers along the southwest side of the bay near the Taddy Bay Airport. On the other side, near the Handsome Bay Desalination Plant, the sulfur smell wasn’t as strong, but a 14-foot-wide barrier of sargassum lined the beach.
Several bloated sea creatures with bulging eyes were entangled in the thick mat of seaweed.
Sheriece Smith, an information officer at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, said Friday that officials believe the fish kill resulted from oxygen depletion caused by the sargassum. More information will be forthcoming soon, Ms. Smith added.
The seaweed is also responsible for water lock-offs on VG since at least Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Communications and Works.
“A technical team was dispatched to the water plant in Virgin Gorda and reported that the vast amount of seaweed in the bay has caused the plant’s desalination process to become dysfunctional as a result of the thick seaweed film,” according to an MCW statement issued Thursday.
The ministry added that a team had been mobilised to remove the seaweed from the bay and that the water plant was expected to be in full operation by Saturday.
However, no work was ongoing Friday morning, though a WSD employee stood in the building near the desalination plant looking out over the bay.
Nearby, a stream of clear water trickled down an embankment from the plant, cutting a path through the seaweed back into the ocean. The water was clear and didn’t have any foul odor.
Two other men, who had learned about the dead fish on the Internet, walked up to the beach and snapped photos with their cell phones.
“What a waste, all those fish,” one man said. “Just think what is underneath all that seaweed.”
At the WSD’s offices at the Vanterpool Administration Building on Friday, another employee said water would be restored later that day.
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Hundreds; possibly thousands of Wildebeest found dead in a river in the Serengeti, Tanzania

Hundreds of wildebeast were found dead in Tanzania
A vast carpet of the bloated antelope corpses floating on the famous Mara River in Tanzania left experienced safari guides heartbroken.
Tour guides came across the tear-jerking scene this week at the height of Africa’s incredible journey, when two million grass-eating wildebeest and zebra migrate to find fresh pastures.
The Serengeti odyssey is fraught with danger for the herbivores as they are tracked by predators and then have to cross the crocodile-infested Mara.
But in this latest tragedy, hundreds of wildebeest were somehow killed, creating a scene of Biblical devastation, with no known cause.
Africa Geographic, who first reported the carnage, said: “The images can only be described as tear-jerking. The pile of carcasses stretches into the distance and scavenger birds have already started circling the wildebeest.”
Wildebeast were found dead during the grazing period
The scenes were reminiscent of the huge “animal pile-up” that left 10,000 wildebeest dead in 2007.
On that occasion, the wildebeest chose a river crossing point that was too deep.
The incident was witnessed by conservation worker Terilyn Lemaire who described the grotesque scenes.
“Once they jumped into the water, they were unable to climb up either embankment onto land and, as a result, got swept up by the current and drowned,” said Lemaire who estimated that 2,000 wildebeest drowned at the crossing in a single afternoon.
“There was no unusual flooding at the time, and there seems to be no extraneous circumstances to these deaths. The wildebeest merely chose a crossing point that was too steep.
“It is customary every year for the wildebeest to pick a particularly treacherous crossing point and for there to be a significant die-off, but the number of deaths during these crossings almost never exceeds one thousand.”
The wildebeast were found lying in the river
Tanzania National Parks issued a statement about the latest disaster, which it says happened during the annual natural phenomenon that sees up two million animals, mostly wildebeest and zebra, moving in “a clockwise rotational route determined by the availability of grazing and water”.The epic migration takes place between Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.
“During migration a number of catastrophes occur, including disease, predation and accidents which put the livelihood of migrating animals at high risk,” said the national parks’ statement.
“Drowning in the Mara River is one of the occurrences during the migration in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem and it estimated that more than 250,000 wildebeest die during the journey. Other causes of deaths include stampede and other predators.
“However, wildebeest deaths during migration are replenished with more than 350,000 births per year.
“In view of the above, Tanzania National Parks would like to inform the public that the deaths are purely natural and not much could be done to prevent. In the national parks and other protected areas nature is always left to take its own course.”
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1.5 MILLION birds killed due to new outbreak of avian flu in 21 states of Nigeria

Bird Flu

A new outbreak of Avian Influenza (bird flu) has been reported in 85 local government areas in 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Federal Government has said.
Cases of bird flu were first reported in January by the government in over 11 states.
The government said the new outbreak which has been reported in Lagos, Ogun, Rivers, Oyo, Enugu, Abia and the FCT, occurred between July and last month.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal. Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sonny Echono, who spoke at a meeting with stakeholders in the poultry industry, said that 491 farmers have been affected by the disease.
Echono said that 1, 597, 191 birds have been depopulated so far.
The permanent secretary said government has started the decontamination of affected farms and birds to curtail the spread of the disease.
He said: “As you are probably aware, the resurgence of Avian Influenza as at today has spread to 85 local government areas (LGAs) in 21 states and the FCT, affecting 491 farms.
“The disease has continued to spread mainly in the southern states and the latest outbreaks reported between July and September, 2015 in Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Enugu, Abia, Rivers, and FCT.
“These new outbreaks have been attributed to non-compliance to biosecurity in farms, limited awareness creation on disease among poultry farmers, disregard to public policy on sitting of poultry farms and other enforcement protocols which are expected to be implemented by the states.”
Echono said government has agreed to pay N1.1 billion as compensation to 138 affected farmers.
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Dozens, possibly hundreds of dead birds found in Nashville, USA

Dozens of dead birds were discovered all over a west Nashville church ground’s property Thursday morning.
The birds scattered Highland Park Church’s parking lot, sidewalks and roof.
Church members, animal lovers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services were all called to the property after the discovery was made.
“We pulled into the parking lot and all over the place there were little green things coming. The birds were on their way down from Canada. It was a sea of green on the ground and asphalt with green spots on it,” church member Greg Levenduski said.
According to Tarcila Fox of the Nashville Ornithological Society, the birds were migrating south.
“I’m sad. I am very sad,” Fox said. “That just shows there were a lot of birds migrating last night.”
Due to the overcast conditions Wednesday night, the birds likely flew into a transmission tower near the church.
“I’m afraid it’s happening more often. Not only is this happening here but it’s happening all over the USA and these migrating birds are decreasing in numbers,” Fox said.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents said they recommend anyone that comes across dead birds to call local wildlife experts and not handle them because it is possible they have come into contact with poison that could harm humans.
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