Archive | August 15, 2019

Hundreds of dead #fish found in a creek in #Iowa, #USA

Fish Kill Alert

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating hundreds dead fish on two-mile stretch of lower Walnut Creek near a popular Des Moines bike trail.

DNR spokesman Anthony Bigger said they estimate 500 to 600 dead fish are in the creek, though he said there could be as many as 1,000. Several people reported dead fish along 63rd Street, a third of a mile south of Interstate Highway 235.

The section with fish kill runs along the Walnut Creek Bike Trail, which led to a high number of reports, according to a DNR news release.

Bigger said the cause is still unknown as the DNR continues their investigation. He said the potential causes include somebody dumping chemicals down their drain, temperature and water main breaks.

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Die off of #seagulls along the #Ottowa River, #Canada

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Residents walking along the Ottawa River this week were alarmed to discover dead and dying seagulls, in what appears to be the second rash of animal deaths cropping up on the shores of the Ottawa River this month.

Igor Bouga, an Ottawa resident, said he had only walked about 300 metres down the shore when he saw seven dead seagulls and “one small duck” lying by the water’s edge.

He was near Ottawa’s water filtration plant, in an area that he walks through frequently.

“It’s unusual,” he said. “I’ve never seen so many.”

There were living seagulls in the area, but many of them seemed to be moving slowly, possibly ill. Even when residents and a CTV News Ottawa camera crew moved close to the weakened seagulls, they did not spook and attempt to fly away, appearing too weak to do so. Video of the seagulls shows them hunkering close to the ground.

Only a few weeks earlier, hundreds of fish washed up dead in the east end of the Ottawa River. They are currently thought to have died in the Du Lievre River in western Quebec before flowing downstream and being discovered in the Ottawa River.

The two incidents are too geographically far away from each other to be related, according to Patrick Nadeau, the executive director of watershed protection group Ottawa Riverkeeper.

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Massive #fish kill in #ShipshewanaLake in #Indiana, #USA

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A massive fish kill-off in Shipshewana Lake was caused by a natural phenomenon.

The Indiana DNR says this is typical during extreme heat. The temperatures cause an algae bloom, which depletes oxygen from the water.

That causes a fish kill.

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Thousands of dead #fish found washed up on a beach in North #Carolina, #USA

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A fish kill left about 3,800 of dead fish along a stretch of beach at Core Point.

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5 dead #turtles found on a beach in #BocaDelRio, #Mexico

Boca del Río, Ver.- During this weekend the discovery of five dead turtles was reported in the beach area of ​​the municipality of Boca del Río.

In an interview, the director of Civil Protection Andrés Escalera Pavón said that the discovery of the specimens took place on Sunday at the beach of Santa Ana and Mocambo.

These were two turtles of the Lora species and the other three of other species that will be determined by the corresponding environmental authorities.

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Distances: 819 km S of Calgary, Canada / pop: 1,020,000 / local time: 13:46:39.7 2019-08-15

303 km SE of Helena, United States / pop: 28,200 / local time: 13:46:39.7 2019-08-15
72 km NE of Driggs, United States / pop: 1,700 / local time: 13:46:39.7 2019-08-15

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Depth: 45 km

Distances: 615 km SE of Port-Vila, Vanuatu / pop: 36,000 / local time: 21:38:37.2 2019-08-15

435 km E of Isangel, Vanuatu / pop: 1,500 / local time: 21:38:37.2 2019-08-15

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Depth: 9 km

Distances: 832 km S of Calgary, Canada / pop: 1,020,000 / local time: 02:29:50.0 2019-08-15

317 km SE of Helena, United States / pop: 28,200 / local time: 02:29:50.0 2019-08-15
68 km NE of Jackson, United States / pop: 9,600 / local time: 02:29:50.0 2019-08-15

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Distances:  278 km E of Reykjavík, Iceland / pop: 114,000 / local time: 07:00:11.0 2019-08-15

124 km SW of Egilsstaðir, Iceland / pop: 2,300 / local time: 07:00:11.0 2019-08-15
54 km NW of Höfn, Iceland / pop: 1,700 / local time: 07:00:11.0 2019-08-15

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Distances: 702 km E of Sanaa, Yemen / pop: 1,938,000 / local time: 09:24:31.4 2019-08-15

200 km SE of Al Mukallā, Yemen / pop: 259,000 / local time: 09:24:31.4 2019-08-15
163 km NW of Bereeda, Somalia / pop: 11,300 / local time: 09:24:31.4 2019-08-15

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