Archive | July 9, 2020

QUAKE SWARM, CENTRAL CALIFORNIA, USA 7th – 8th July 2020 #earthquake #QuakeSwarm #California #USA

08.07.2020 Central California Quake Swarm_1

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Hundreds of dead Penguins wash up on the coast of São Paulo, Brazil #Penguins #SãoPaulo #Brazil

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Hundreds of dead Penguins wash up on the coast of São Paulo, Brazil

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Hundreds of dead fish found floating in the Hudson River in New Jersey, USA #Fish #HudsonRiver #NewJersey #USA

Fish Kill Alert

There was a foul and worrisome sight along the Hudson River in Manhattan and New Jersey this week.

Hundreds of dead fish were spotted floating by the banks in places like Riverside Park and Edgewater, New Jersey.

Officials say they are bunker fish, or Atlantic menhaden, which are a kind of herring found in the Hudson.

The cause of death is under investigation, but it is likely that rising water temperatures deprived them of necessary oxygen.

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350 dead elephants found, ‘a mystery’ in Botswana #Elephants #Botswana #Africa

One of the hundreds of elephants that have died from unknown causes.

More than 350 elephants have died in northern Botswana in a mysterious mass die-off described by scientists as a “conservation disaster”.

A cluster of elephant deaths was first reported in the Okavango Delta in early May, with 169 individuals dead by the end of the month. By mid June, the number had more than doubled, with 70% of the deaths clustered around waterholes, according to local sources who wish to remain anonymous.

“This is a mass die-off on a level that hasn’t been seen in a very, very long time. Outside of drought, I don’t know of a die-off that has been this significant,” said Dr Niall McCann, the director of conservation at UK-based charity National Park Rescue.

The Botswana government has not yet tested samples so there is no information on what is causing the deaths or whether they could pose a risk to human health. The two main possibilities are poisoning or an unknown pathogen. Anthrax – initially considered the most likely cause – has been ruled out.

McCann said: “When we’ve got a mass die-off of elephants near human habitation at a time when wildlife disease is very much at the forefront of everyone’s minds, it seems extraordinary that the government has not sent the samples to a reputable lab.”

Local witnesses say some elephants were seen walking around in circles, which is an indication of neurological impairment. “If you look at the carcasses, some of them have fallen straight on their face, indicating they died very quickly. Others are obviously dying more slowly, like the ones that are wandering around. So it’s very difficult to say what this toxin is,” said McCann.

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Thousands of starfish wash ashore along the Grand Strand in South Carolina, USA #Starfish #SouthCarolina #USA

Thousands of starfish wash ashore along the Grand Strand over the weekend

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Beachgoers had the surprise of a lifetime this past weekend as thousands of starfish washed ashore along several Grand Strand beaches, including Garden City Beach and Myrtle Beach.

An expert from Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach says the starfish appearing like this has to do with their feeding patterns, and said it’s likely the starfish followed their prey, such as barnacles and clams, into the inter-tidal zone.

Stormy weather can sometimes be another reason large masses of starfish wash ashore. As water currents become stronger, they are pushed onto the beaches.

While the starfish may appear to be stranded, they also have the ability to return to the water when they’ve been exposed for too long, so touching them is not recommended.

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Mass die off of fish in Branch Brook Lake in Newark, New Jersey, USA #Fish #Newark #NewJersey #USA

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The dead fish floated along the surface, covering much of Branch Brook Lake.

Catherine Marcal was stunned by the sheer number of them, stretching from the lion statues at the Prudential Concert Grove to the Park Avenue overpass.

But somehow, that was not the most disturbing image the Bloomfield resident saw earlier this month when she visited Branch Brook Park in Newark.

“A lot of them were still alive,” Marcal said. “They were still flip-flopping, and it was just horrifying.”

The fish die-off June 16 claimed hundreds of bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish, plus a few largemouth bass, said Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

”I had no idea that there were even fish like that living there,” Marcal said. “I couldn’t believe the quantity. There were hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of fish.”

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Hundreds of dead fish wash up in a river in Nova Scotia, Canada #Fish #NovaScotia #Canada

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This is the second fish kill in Nova Scotia in a month

Dead striped bass, gaspereau and even an Atlantic salmon were found over a two-kilometre stretch of the Shubenacadie River in central Nova Scotia on Monday.

Alanna Syilboy, with the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group, walked the river and said hundreds of fish died.

“You know, I grew up near that river my entire life and I’ve never heard or seen anything like this happen,” she said.

Syliboy said there was no obvious cause of death, but doesn’t think anyone is to blame.

“I believe that our rise in air temperature and low water levels at the tide being out is not creating an ideal habitat for any species of fish,” she said.

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