YELLOWSTONE MAGNITUDE 2.2 WESTERN MONTANA, USA
MAGNITUDE 2.0 QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
MAGNITUDE 5.5 HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION
Mass fish kills reported in 15 rivers and lake in North Carolina, USA
Widespread fish kills have been reported in 15 North Carolina coastal rivers and lakes; the state Wildlife Resources Commission predicted this week that the trend will continue, perhaps for weeks.
An investigation is underway, but biologists said in an Oct. 4 report that they believe the deaths are due to flooding produced by Hurricane Florence, which brought up to 35 inches of rain to some parts of the state.
Their conclusion is that fish kills “will persist for several more weeks,” said the report.
Among the best known of the fish kills is one reported Sept. 23 by the Charlotte Observer, involving thousands of fish spread across Interstate 40 in Pender County. Firefighters used hoses to push the fish off the road after the floodwater receded, the Observer reported.
“These fish kills, while unfortunate, are naturally occurring events that typically follow a major hurricane,” said a statement issued by Chad Thomas, the commission’s coastal fishery supervisor.
The cause is not floodwater contaminants or pollution, the state report said. It’s a lack of oxygen in the water and it has spread beyond rivers to streams, canals, lakes and even private ponds, officials said.
Courtesy of charlotteobserver.com
Hundreds of birds drop dead in Warsaw, Poland
Some 200 jackdaws have been found dead in the Warsaw district of Mokotów since late on Thursday, according to police.
A woman reported that birds were falling out of the trees between apartment blocks, police said.
They found 130 dead birds on Thursday.
Officers also caught 20 live birds which were handed over to Warsaw Zoo, which has a rehabilitation centre for wild birds.
After receiving reports on Friday, police found 70 more dead birds.
Poisoning has not been ruled out as a cause of death and police urge pet owners to remain careful.
Five jackdaws will be autopsied and samples will be sent off for tox-screens to determine what killed the birds, said Dawid Fabjański from the Animal Rescue foundation which is supporting the police.
The foundation has offered a PLN 500 reward for anyone who comes forward with information about the suspected poisoning.
The jackdaw, a member of the crow family, is a protected species in Poland, but it is listed as a Least Concern species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Courtesy of thenews.pl
Thousands of dead fish and snails found in a lake in Bangalore, India
On the morning of October 4 the residents on their way for a morning walk witnessed that thousands of dead fish and snails have accumulated at the periphery of the Madiwala Lake.
Though residents have time and again raised concern about the pollution in the water body, citing deaths of fish and snails, the forest department said it was a natural phenomenon.
Mahesh H., a frequent visitor of the lake and a resident of BTM for the past eight years said, “Despite the lake’s rejuvenation, pollution
remains a concern. As far as I know, the sewerage enters the lake from the nearby Storm Water Drain.”
Spread over more than 150 acres, Madiwala Lake is one of the largest and oldest in the city.
“We were shocked to see early in the morning. Most of us believe that this could be due to the rising pollution of the water body. The scale of death reminded me of Ulsoor,” said Harish, another resident of BTM.
The forest department officials opined that during rain freshwater mollusks gather for reproduction. “The sewage has entered the lake, but as of now we cannot reach any conclusion. When rainwater enters the lake some survive and some do not. This is a natural phenomenon.”
Earlier there have been reports of dwindling number of migratory birds around the lake.
Recently, Kalkere Lake near Horimavu was in the news for the fish death. Over 1000 fish reportedly died and the residents alleged that it could be the result of sewerage entering the lake.
Courtesy of deccanchronicle.com
Large die off of fish in a river in Piracicaba, Brazil
A large amount of dead fish appeared on the Piracicaba River. The fish were located in the district of Artemis, near the ramp of the Loteamentos Terras de Artemis I and II.
Courtesy of piranot.com.br
Hundreds of dead fish wash up, due to red tide in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Hundreds of dead fish have been found washed ashore Fort Lauderdale Beach, leaving officials to believe that toxic red tide algae has made its first appearance in Broward County.
Mayor Dean Trantalis says beaches in the city will remain open until official test results from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission are confirmed. Those test results are expected to be returned by the end of Friday.
Beginning Friday morning, signs will be posted to inform beachgoers of current conditions, while city employees will continue to remove fish that wash up on-shore.
While finding hundreds of fish on Fort Lauderdale Beach sounds alarming, the mayor claims that’s nothing compared to other parts of the state.
“We should compare that to what’s happening in the Gulf Coast since August, they’ve removed 200 tons,” said Trantalis.
Several Miami-Dade beaches were closed overnight, and remain closed, after red tide was discovered in the area.
Trantalis says the city will continue to work with county and state officials to monitor water off the coastline.
Courtesy of local10.com
17 dead turtles wash up during summer along the east coast of Italy
Seventeen beached turtles throughout the summer, with a peak in September, the month in which they were found along the coast of Vasto ben 12 specimens of Caretta Caretta, many some of them found dead along the beaches of Vasto, San Salvo, Casalbordino and Torino di Sangro. A phenomenon subject to continuous monitoring by the experts of Cetacean Study Centre of Pescara, where since 2012 has created a georeferenced database of strandings along the Italian coast.
Courtesy of histonium.net
23 lions have died from ‘mysterious illness’, causing alarm in Gir Forest National Park, India
A yet unidentified virus has killed at least four of the total 23 lions that died at the Gir Sanctuary in Gujarat (Reuters file photo)
Two of the country’s top courts have expressed worry and displeasure over the deaths of Asiatic lions at Gujarat’s Gir Forest National Park.
At least 23 lions have died in Gir in the last 20 days, an unusual series of deaths that has forced the Gujarat Forest Department to undertake a massive survey in order to identify and treat sick lions.
Initially, forest officials said that most of the deaths were due to infighting among the big cats. While that theory hasn’t been completely discounted, medical examinations of at least four lions have worryingly pointed to a yet-unidentified virus as the cause of some of the deaths.
Today, the Supreme Court and the Gujarat High Court both took note of deaths of lions in Gir. The Supreme Court said that issue was “extremely serious”, and asked the Gujarat government and the Centre to find out the reason for the deaths and detail what preventive measures they plan to take.
The Gujarat High Court, in an observation made in a similar context, questioned if illegal lion shows, during which the big cats are fed chicken, could to be to blame for the animals falling prey to viral infections.
Courtesy of indiatoday.in