Archive | November 11, 2017

5 Pilot Whales Dead After Beaching Event on Kaua‘i, Hawaii, USA

Photo By Hawaii DLNR 
On Friday morning, Oct. 13, several pilot whales beached themselves onto a beach on the north side of Nawiliwili Harbor on Kaua‘i.
NOAA Fisheries, the US Coast Guard, Kaua‘i County Fire and Police Departments and the DLNR Divisions of Aquatic Resources and Conservation and Resources Enforcement joined concerned community members and native Hawaiian cultural practitioners to respond to the beaching event and attended to two Pilot whales that died on Kalapaki Beach.
Kaua‘i County provided heavy machinery to lift the deceased stranded whales off the beach and onto truck trailers provided by DOCARE. The whales were then taken to an undisclosed location where autopsies continued into the night.
At 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, NOAA reported that five Pilot whales were reported as beaching themselves on Kaua‘i, more than the two from earlier. Officials with DLNR say post-mortem’s on all five whales are being conducted to try and determine the cause of death.
The whales were first noticed by an off duty Coast Guard member who was out surfing. Station personnel immediately called the local NOAA representative on Kaua‘i for direction and response. Coast Guard personnel were directed to monitor the whales and prevent anyone from touching them prior to the arrival of the NOAA staff within 15 minutes.
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Depth: 77 km

Distances: 63 km SE of Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China / pop: 7,872,000 / local time: 06:54:20.3 2017-11-12
29 km E of Yilan, Taiwan, Province of China / pop: 94,200 / local time: 06:54:20.3 2017-11-12

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Large die off of fish in the mangroves of Darwin City, Australia

Darwin City Council has been busy cleaning up large quantities of dead fish decomposing in and around the mangroves near Vesteys Lake.
The dead fish were spotted soon after the first rains of the Wet season build up.
The council has signposted the area.
A notice to residents yesterday reads:
“Council is working with the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries and the Northern Territory Environment Protect Authority to investigate the occurrence of large quantities of dead fish in Vesteys Lake.
“We will have staff on site cleaning the fish from Vesteys Lake from Friday 13 October.”
Council said the cause of the fish kill was unknown at this stage and said the necessary precautionary steps were being taken.
“As we await the test results, staff will continue to be out in Vesteys Reserve cleaning the fish from the lake,” the council said.
However, it is known that fish kills often happen early in the Wet season, often after the first flush of water into a water body following storms. This usually happens around October and November.
Poor water quality and low dissolved oxygen levels are associated with the rain and increased water temperatures.
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Tens of thousands of jellyfish wash up on beaches in Southern New Zealand

Thousands of jellyfish-like creatures have washed up on New Zealand’s South Island CREDIT: GREYMOUTH STAR
Tens of thousands of jellyfish-like creatures have washed up on beaches on New Zealand’s South Island.
The velella velella, which are related to jellyfish and also known as by-the-wind-sailors, blanketed patches of beaches on the island’s west coast, the Greymouth Star reports.
They covered an area of 18 x 4 metres on one beach and soon began rotting in the sunshine, exuding a strong smell.
Conservation officials say it is common for the jelly creatures to wash up in the spring as water temperatures rise, but added they were surprised by the vast number.
“It’s very unusual that you have so many thousands of them washed up in one place,” the country’s Department of Conservation (DOC) said.
“It’s a common species around the west coast and around NZ and they do wash up, usually in tens or hundreds.”
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Thousands of dead fish found in a dam in Palmar, Uruguay

Residents of the surroundings of the Constitución Hydroelectric Plant, also known as Represa de Palmar, reported on social networks the presence of thousands of dead fish on the banks of the Río Negro.
According to different photographs, audios and videos that circulate, thousands of fish are appearing dead in the dam. Some say that is because, when the floodgates of the dam are closed, the flow of water is abruptly and excessively reduced, and many of the animals are trapped in the river bed without enough water to circulate freely. In areas where water is deeper, due to the characteristics of the bottom of the river, the fish agglomerate to survive, and it seems that the water is boiling, when in reality it is the fish that are swimming one above the other.
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Thousands of dead fish found in the river Tagus, Portugal

Thousands of dead fish found in the river Tagus, Portugal
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12 dead dolphins have washed up along the coast of Provence, France

Dead dolphins wash up on beaches in southern France
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Local authorities in Provence have opened an enquiry into the “unusual phenomenon” of a dozen dead dolphins washing up on French beaches.
It’s not exactly what you expect to see when strolling the French coastline.
But for the past three weeks the marine mammals have been found stranded between the îles d’Hyères and Cap Sicié on France’s south coast.
This “unusual phenomenon” has led the Mediterranean marine authorities to ask for an enquiry into the strange occurrence. 
“A dozen stranded dolphins were found on the beaches of the southern provencal Var department over the past three weeks,” marine authorities said.
“In light of the first observations made on the state of their injuries, the centre has asked for an enquiry into the cause behind the deaths.”
Surveillance has also been increased in the affected zone. 
But while some find the situation unusual, others have put it down to chance.
“This doesn’t mark an increase in deaths. On average, 80 marine mammals are found dead on the shores of the French Mediterranean coast, between Perpignan and Menton, as well as Corsica, every year,” marine expert Murielle Oriol told French local Var Matin.
The specialist confirmed that “a large number of them die after colliding with large ships”, adding that “pollution and and rubbish” also pose a threat. 
“Last year, a large dolphin was found off the coast of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. We discovered some plastic in its stomach,” she said.
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800,000+ birds killed due to bird flu in Central and Northern Italy

Italy has had five outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu in farms the central and northern parts of the country since the start of the month and about 880,000 chickens, ducks and turkeys will be culled, officials said on Wednesday.
The biggest outbreak of the H5N8 virus, which led to the death or killing of millions of birds in an outbreak in western Europe last winter, was at a large egg producing farm in the province of Ferrara.
The latest outbreak was confirmed on Oct. 6 and about 853,000 hens are due to be culled by Oct. 17, the IZSV zoological institute said.
Another involved 14,000 turkeys in the province of Brescia, which are due to be culled by Oct. 13.
A third involved 12,400 broiler chickens at a smaller farm in the province of Vicenza and two others were among a small number of hens, ducks, broilers and turkeys on family farms.
In those three cases, all the birds have been culled.
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4,000 pigs drown after flooding in Thanh Hoa, Vietnam

Picture of thousands of pigs dying in flood waters in Thanh Hoa - Photo 6.
Picture: Phuc Minh
On the social network sharing images of thousands of pigs flooded drowning, drowning in the shared farm on social networks that many people pity. According to the sharing, these images were recorded at  the pig farm of Detention Center No. 5, Thong Nhat Farm  in Yen Dinh District (Thanh Hoa)  with the scale of nearly 4,000.
Although the people tried to save the pigs, however, the entire breeding area of ​​the farm was flooded completely flood. Therefore, after more than a day flooded by floods, thousands of pigs were almost completely wiped out.
It is known that, due to the influence of tropical low pressure, heavy rain in Thanh Hoa province plus Cua Dat flood discharged many localities were flooded causing serious damage to crops as well as animals of the people.
After the above images are shared on the social network has attracted the attention of the web community. Many people expressed their grief at the loss of livestock farmers suffering from floods and natural disasters.
“I am saddened by the owner of the farm, thousands of pigs were flooded by the floods, the damage was not small, floods suddenly surrounded the four sides, despite the effort can not evacuate all pigs. The farmers will be supported partly to overcome the consequences, “another friend commented.
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Thousands of dead fish found in the Lakhish River, Israel

Environmental Protection personnel from the Ashdod Municipality were dispatched this morning (Wednesday) to the Lakhish River following a report concerning thousands of dead fish that had filled up the river due to pollution. The municipality’s personnel are working in order to locate the source and scope of the contamination.
“We began with evaluating the reason,” said Ashdod Environmental Protection Division Director Kobi Paltzi. “It’s possible that a certain body took advantage of the rain and poured materials into the river. Another possibility being checked is an organic load and lack of oxygen that lead to the deaths of the fish in the river. We’re waiting for the lab’s report.”
Paltzi added that the Israeli Environmental Protection Ministry and Cities Association will be participating in all stages of the investigation and will aid in detecting the cause of the pollution. “The Ashdod Municipality along with the Environmental Protection Ministry and Cities Association are located at the scene in order to conduct preliminary treatment including the removal of the fish,” Paltzi stated. “Likewise, we’re performing a sampling of the material poured into the river with the aim of trying to trace the infectious agent.”
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