Archive | October 22, 2015

Large amount of dead fish washing ashore due to red tide in Panama City, Florida, USA

Fish Kill Alert

Stan Jones, the Director of the Panama City Marina, says he’s seen a lot of dead fish in St. Andrews Bay lately. That is, everything from small Pinfish to huge Flounder, Red Fish, and Mullet as a result of red tide.
“It can affect marine life,” Bekah Nelson, on behalf of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), said. “You know, there’s obviously fish kills that can happen from the neurotoxins.”
While symptoms for us are usually minor, red tide can still be a nuisance.
“It can cause skin irritation if people are in the water and also it can cause respiratory irritation as well,” Nelson explained.
“Once I’m here for a couple of hours, I taste it in my mouth and you definitely feel it’s like an irritant in your lungs,” Jones described. “I feel like I’m a healthy guy and I can tell there’s something going on.”
Even the birds aren’t happy.
“I’ve never seen so many seagulls in my life congregated here,” Jones said. “You see them swoop down, pick up a fish, fly a little ways, and drop it.”
Many people say this fish kill from from red tide is the worst they’ve seen it away from the Gulf, including the legendary Red Holland, who lives in the area.
“I can’t even pronounce the scientific name for it, but it’s the first time we’ve experienced this red tide right there in the downtown city marina,” he said.
“Hopefully this towards the end of this bloom, but you know, the bay will recover just like the Gulf of Mexico,” Jones said.
The FWC says the toxin may get into the guts of the fish. If you catch fish during red tide, it’s okay to eat if the fish is filleted.
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1 Whale, 3 turtles and 1 dolphin washed up dead on beaches in Greater Vitoria, Brazil

The humpback whale cub was found in Old Town – Photo: CTA
A humpback whale cub was found dead by locals on the morning of Thursday (15) in Interlagos neighborhood of Vila Velha. According to coordinator of information Specialized Center in Rescue and Treatment of Marine Animals (CTA), Bruno Berger, Animal death may have been caused by malnutrition.
According to the director of the Institute Orca, Lupércio Araújo, the puppy is a newborn female, who also has cord remains. For the director, the animal may have lost the mother. The cub, which is 5 meters long and until late morning on Thursday, had not been removed from the site.
In the beach Camburi in Victoria, three turtles were found dead Animals, who were bound in chains, were rescued lifeless by a kayaking class.
According to the professor of Hawaiian school of canoeing VAA, Claudiomar Ant, the animals were found around 06 hours on Thursday (16).
This is not the first time the canoeing team finds dead animals. According to the professor, fishing nets are placed at strategic points, where animals often feed.
Claudiomar believes that turtles drowned because they were attached to fishing nets and could not come up for air. The canoeing team took the animals to the beach and asked for help.
And in Serra, a dolphin was also found dead on the morning of Thursday (16). The animal was in Jacaraípe sand beach and was located by locals. According to information from witnesses, the animal had bitten the fins.
The dolphin was removed from the site by a team.
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21 Dolphins, 11 turtles, 4 sea lions found dead along the coast of Sinaloa, Mexico

Dead dolphin in Isla Altamura
Dead dolphin in Isla Altamura (AFP)
The bodies of 21 dolphins, eleven turtles and four sea lions were located in an island in the northwest of Mexico, which led to the deployment of experts to conduct an investigation, reported Thursday the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa).
The animals were found in the Altamura Island Santa Maria Bay, in the Gulf of California against the state of Sinaloa (northwest), where inspectors, rangers and specialists moved to examine 42 km of coastline, explained a statement from the Profepa.
Experts recavarán information “about this extraordinary event consisting of the stranding of marine organisms 36,” in order to explain the causes, he adds.
They will also discuss the condition, age, health status and presence of trauma or injury in animals, and may perform a necropsy and sampling of tissues and organs.
In August, several tons of dead fish appeared in the Cajititlán lake, located in the metropolitan area of ​​Guadalajara (west), a phenomenon that also occurred in 2014.
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Large amount of dead fish wash ashore along a lake in Clermont County, USA

Fish Kill Alert

Visitors to Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park recently may be surprised by a large number of dead fish on the shores of the lake.
The fish died during a process called “turnover,” which is not typical, but is a naturally occurring process, said Debra Walters, fish management supervisor for the Division of Wildlife District 5 Southwest Ohio.
“Conditions were just perfect, unfortunately, for a fish kill,” Walters said.
The fish died because of low oxygen levels in the lake. The low levels were caused by strong winds, cloudy overcast conditions and the inflow of cooler water making the shallower water mix with the deeper, oxygen-deficient water, Walters said in an email.
In addition, dying and dead plants use oxygen, and when Walters and her team were on the lake on Sept. 28, Walters noticed the water was a tea-stained color rather than the typical green casted color.
When the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers took a dissolved oxygen profile on Sept. 27, they found that the oxygen level on the surface was 2.9 milligrams per liter. Fish need 4 mg./l or greater or the fish will start showing signs of stress that could kill them, Walters said.
On Sept. 28, Walters and her team also took an oxygen profile and found that the oxygen levels were not too bad in the first few feet but dropped drastically beyond that to less than 2 mg./l, indicating to Walters that turnover would occur soon.
In addition, Walters checked the water temperature on Sept. 29 and found it only varied by tenths of a degree, which is also an indication of turnover, she said in an email.
By Oct. 2, there were dead fish. Walters and her team could not have stopped the turnover because of the large size of the lake.
The gizzard shad, crappie, buffalo carpsucker and some larger hybrid striped bass were the primary species that died, Walters said.
The U.S. Army Corp took an oxygen profile again on Oct. 11 and found that the levels were a little over 4 mg./l on the surface, but were 3.95 mg./l at five feet and 2.56 mg./l at 10 feet. The levels are slowly coming back, Walters said in an email.
Walters said there are no plans for dead fish removal.
“We’ll let Mother Nature clean up the fish,” she said.
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Distances: 84 km NE of Semarang, Indonesia / pop: 1,288,084 / local time: 01:10:20.9 2015-10-23
50 km NW of Pati, Indonesia / pop: 122,785 / local time: 01:10:20.9 2015-10-23
20 km NE of Batang, Indonesia / pop: 115,537 / local time: 01:10:20.9 2015-10-23

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Distances: 144km (89mi) E of Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands
331km (206mi) NNE of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
333km (207mi) NNE of Northern Islands Municipality – Mayor’s Office, Northern Mariana Islands
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Distances: 6km (4mi) ESE of Otsuchi, Japan
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