Archive | October 29, 2017


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35 km E of Chambéry, France / pop: 61,700 / local time: 00:07:24.0 2017-10-30
9 km NE of Saint-Rémy-de-Maurienne, France / pop: 1,100 / local time: 00:07:24.0 2017-10-30

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Mass die off of fish, ‘dead fish everywhere’ in the Baltic Sea, Germany

Third day in a row where the oxygen content in the western Baltic Sea is below 10 percent. Already on Tuesday, pictures of the beach in Eckernförde could be seen: dead fish as far as the eye can see.
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Hundreds of Pink Flamingos dead from Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Flamenco killed by Hurricane Irma in Cayo Coco / Photo: Dianelys Marín Dewar
The journalist Dianelys Marín, from the Avilanian media Radio Surco, the passing of Hurricane Irma caused the death of thousands of flamingos in Cayo Coco, one of the main tourist attractions in the country.
“More than twenty years of work in the northern cayía of #CiegodeAvila, destroyed in a few hours by # HuracánIrma. What devastation, what sadness …”, said Marin in another post, who also said he would share the figures of the real impact of Irma in the flora and the fauna of the place, according to the estimates of the professionals of the Center of Investigations of Coastal Ecosystems (CIEC).
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800+ dead sea birds found on islands in the Bering Sea, USA

A dead northern fulmar was found near Shishmaref on Aug. 13. Hundreds of dead birds have been found on the Western and Northwestern coasts of Alaska and in Bering Sea islands this year. (Ken Stenek / Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team)
Ken Stenek / Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team
Hundreds of dead seabirds have been found washed ashore on sites from islands in the Bering Sea to villages north of the Bering Strait, signs of another large die-off in the warmed-up waters of the North Pacific Ocean.
The dead birds are mostly northern fulmars and short-tailed shearwaters, species that migrate long distances to spend summers in waters off Alaska and other northern regions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported. Also in the mix are some kittiwakes, murres and auklets, the federal agency said.
The cause is being investigated. Necropsies so far show that the birds are emaciated — with no food in their stomachs or intestines and little or no fat on their bodies.
“Right now, we know that they are starving to death and can’t hold their heads above water, and they’re drowning,” said Ken Stenek, a teacher in Shishmaref and volunteer in a program that monitors seabirds.
The precise toll is unclear. Fish and Wildlife said in its bulletin about 800 dead birds had been found since early August, but surveys are continuing and the known toll appears to be mounting — and experts caution that birds washing ashore represent only a small fraction of the dead.
Of this latest wave, the first were found on the Pribilof Islands in the Bering, the Fish and Wildlife Service said. Since then, dead birds have washed ashore on Bering beaches and as far north as the Inupiat villages Shismaref and Deering on the Chukchi Sea mainland coastline.
The new die-off follows a massive loss of common murres in 2015 and 2016, the biggest murre die-off on record in Alaska, and precursor to near-total reproductive failures for murres in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering.
It also follows the deaths of hundred of puffins found last fall on St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs and, prior to that, mass deaths of murres and auklets along the U.S. West Coast. In each death wave, starving birds have left emaciated carcasses, and each wave has been associated with unusually warm marine waters.
The Bering event is the latest in an “unprecedented series of marine bird die-offs” over the last four years in waters from California to the Arctic, said Julia Parrish, executive director of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, or COASST, managed by the University of Washington.
It indicates that the pattern is moving north, said Parrish, a professor at the UW’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.
“This just seems like the next chapter in the story,” she said.
This is the fourth consecutive year when the Bering has been “exceedingly warm,” said Rick Thoman, climate science and services manager for the National Weather Service in Alaska.
This year, early spring ice melt allowed open waters to begin absorbing heat early, Thoman said. “You had much longer for the water to get warmer this year,” he said.
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Thousands of dead fish found in a lagoon in Mexicali, Mexico

Residents of the Mexicali and Mexicali lagoons noticed the presence of thousands of dead fish in the water, most of the bodies were on the banks of the lagoons, it is unknown until now what caused this phenomenon.
In response to this situation, members of the Citizens’ Committee for the Protection of the Lagoons of Mexicali filed a formal complaint with PROFEPA to investigate what caused the death of the fish.
“Part of the committee to save the gaps today was formed in PROFEPA, in order to disclose these facts to the authority and to take letters in the matter, is being asked to take a sample of the water, although they have circulated in social networks different motives or causes for the death of different types of fish, because you can see very large fish, very small and the truth we still do not have a response from the authority and we are concerned, “said Mayra López member of this organization citizen
He also recalled that during Monday one of the caretakers of the park of a fractionation located at the edge of the lagoon Mexico, noticed a strange behavior in the fish.
“A lot of movement, they go out like they want to catch the oxygen, as if they wanted to breathe and they noticed that unfortunately hundreds of fish were piled up on the shore of the lake,” he said.
At noon on Tuesday around the lagoons, you could perceive a foul smell, dismissed by the bodies of decomposing fish, for that reason also the competent authority was asked to remove all dead fish from the water.
It is important to remember that a similar phenomenon occurred two weeks ago in the waters of the artificial lagoon of the Bosque y Zoológico de Mexicali, in which case it was determined that the mass deaths were caused by the lack of oxygenation of the water.
In addition to thousands of fish, these lagoons harbor more than one hundred species of resident and migratory birds.
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42 Hippos dead due to outbreak of disease in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania, Africa

An outbreak of anthrax has killed at least 42 hippos in south-central Tanzania’s famed Ruaha National Park, authorities said on Monday.
Christopher Timbuka, Ruaha Chief Park Warden said earlier investigation show the wild animals were killed by anthrax, an infection caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthraces.
According to the official, a survey carried between August and early September, this year, shows that death cases were found in three key areas, which are popular for hosting hippos in the sanctuary.
“This is the largest number of hippos to have been killed in the park by the disease,” Timbuka said, adding: “We’ve already sent samples of the dead hippos to the Chief Government Chemist Laboratory Agency for more investigation.”
He cited an acute water shortage in Great Ruaha River as one of the factors for an outbreak of the disease in the sanctuary.
“We’re perplexed with the limited water in the river, particularly during this dry season,” said Timbuka, adding that hippos in the park move upstream over long distances as the river dries up in the dry season.
“This forces them to congregate in large numbers in the few remaining areas along the river containing water of suitable volume and depth. And an outbreak of the infectious disease poses a deadly challenge to conservation,” the official said, noting that hippos are supposed to remain submerged in water during the day to prevent overheating and severe sunburn.
He, however, said measures have been taken to control the spread of the deadly disease in the park of about 20,226 square kilometres, the similar size with New Jersey, a state in the north-eastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.
“Bacteria Bacillus anthrax is caused by a number of factors including the use of dirty water, in which for this case used by hippos in Ruaha River,” he said.
The park warden said last year five hippos and three giraffes died in the park, though it wasn’t clear on the cause of the deaths.
So far, the Tanzanian government has established a special task force aimed at finding a lasting solution to the ecology of Great Ruaha River, which is currently overwhelmed with anthropogenic factors, according to chief park warden.
“The task force is mandated to ensure that water flows in the river throughout the year,” the official said.
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34 dolphins and 27 turtles found dead on beaches this year in Almeria, Spain

The bleeding of cetaceans and sea turtles on the coast of Almeria does not cease. The coast of the province have had to mourn the death of more than fifty cetaceans and turtles in what we carry of year. Specifically, a total of 34 cetaceans and 27 sea turtles have been found dead on some Almerian beach between January and September of this year.
“Every year we have to mourn the death of more animals at sea.” This is what Eva María Morón, the coordinator of the association for the recovery of marine fauna, Equinac, the only entity authorized to rescue species threatened in the province, warns that this death toll “will far exceed” to the number of varamientos counted throughout the whole last year.
According to the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, the Andalusian coast recorded in 2016 a total of 245 strandings, between cetaceans (162) and turtles (83), of which a total of 71 were attended on the beaches of territory of Almeria.
In the absence of three months to conclude this year, the number of strandings already exceeds six dozen, so everything indicates that the number of deaths of cetaceans and tortoises, most of them exemplary silly turtles – ‘Caretta caretta’-, will be higher than the previous year and will once again place the Almerian territory as one of the most affected in the entire Andalusian coast.
Since Equinac point out that the “vast majority” of animals have appeared in recent years on the coast have died “by factors external to the animal and by the action of the human being.” In fact, many of these animals “arrive very sick” on the beaches because of the “high pollution levels on our coasts”, while each of them has “high levels of malnutrition”, says Eva Morón .
Mediterranean ‘ramshackle’
From Equinac they have it clear: “The Mediterranean is depleted”, mainly due to the overfishing of species, which leaves cetaceans, especially dolphins, and sea turtles without food. At the time of making this affirmation they are based on the recent draft of the Ministry of Agriculture Fishing and Environment on the plan for the conservation of fish resources.
According to the ministerial report, which contains strong restrictions to protect the coastline from overfishing, it points out that 93% of the varieties targeted in the Mediterranean are in poor condition because of the volume of catches they have been carrying. “Some, such as hake that swims in the waters bordering France, is caught 12 times more than sustainable”, according to the indexes described by the Spanish Institute of Oceanography.
In addition to this situation, the members of Equinac, who work without any subsidy, only through small donations, emphasize that another aspect that is causing this massive death of animals is the high degree of pollution and the large quantity of garbage accumulated in the sea. As an example, the loggerhead turtle that arrived dead last April at Almerimar beach. The animal, more than 70 centimeters long, had “numerous plastics” in its interior, accumulated in the Mediterranean and forming “a large manure”, denounces Eva Morón.
Finally, the coordinator of Equinac again asked anyone to witness the stranding of a live animal, you must immediately “notify” the Emergency Service 112 and never try to reintroduce them. Also, remember that all these animals are protected and to harm them, to manipulate them and to harass them is prohibited by law.
Behind are chapters as hot flashes as this summer on Mojacar beach, where a beached dolphin ended up dying before the harassment of bathers.
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100+ dead sea birds found on a beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales

Hundreds of Manx shearwater seabirds have been stranded on a Pembrokeshire beach after being blown ashore by high winds.
The birds breed on nearby Skomer Island and migrate to Argentina in September, but it is thought there was a mass landing on Newgale Beach following stormy weather.
About 144 were saved while a further 100 were found dead.
The RSPCA said the rescue was a “large, challenging and major operation”.
Large populations of Manx shearwaters are based in west Wales and the charity said the birds regularly face problems in stormy or windy weather at this time of year.
It said the birds can get blown off course and while they are very able in flight or on water, they can struggle on dry land.
RSPCA chief inspector Romain DeKerckhove praised the efforts of its officers and volunteers who worked “tirelessly” to help save the birds.
“Sadly, somewhere in the region of 100 birds were either found dead, or had to be put to sleep to prevent further suffering, but today’s rescue efforts mean a huge number of Manx shearwaters will now be rehabilitated, and hopefully soon returned to where they belong,” he said.
The rescued birds will now be cared for by the RSPCA.
On Thursday, a Manx shearwater was found in the middle of a road in Aberystwyth. It had been disorientated by high winds and was taken to Gower Bird Hospital for rehabilitation before an anticipated release back to the wild.
The charity warned members of the public to be careful when they see stranded birds as they have sharp beaks.
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