Hundreds of dead Penguins wash up on the coast of São Paulo, Brazil
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Dozens of dead penguins wash up on beaches in Florianópolis, Brazil #Penguins #Florianópolis #Brazil
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Dozens of dead penguins found between the beaches of Santinho and Mozambique in Florianópolis.
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40+ #penguins, plus #dolphins, #turtles and #SeaLions found dead on beaches in #SantaCatarina, #Brazil
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In Bombinhas, more than 40 penguins were found dead on Thursday (22), according to the Santos Basin Beaches Monitoring Project (PMP-BS). On the morning of Friday (23), five more animals in Itapema , one in Porto Belo and another in Bombinhas were located by the Anjos do Mar Institute.
In addition to the penguins, dolphins, turtles and sea lions were collected dead by the environmental agencies partners of the PMP-BS, still without balance. The project and the Angels of the Sea Institute state that mortality can be linked to different factors.
“This cause of death for the penguins is more related to a natural cause, that the animals are very thin and debilitated with a large parasite infestation,” explains PMP-BS program coordinator Jeferson Dick.
According to the director of the Anjos do Mar Institute, Marcelo Assumpção Ulysséa, the use of witch networks has also caused the deaths. “Illegal shore fishing nets,” adds the director, who found animals trapped in them.
In Bombinhas, the animals were found in Mariscal, Quatro Ilhas and Canto Grande. Penguins often swim in flocks and are also found dead in groups, in the sea or on the beach sands.
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20 dead penguins, 3 dead sealions and 2 seals on beaches in Rio do Sul.
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#Penguins, #SeaLions, #turtle and several dead #birds appeared on the coast of #JoséIgnacio, #Uruguay
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“There were 28 dead penguins, three sea lions, one large turtle and several birds, petrels and albatross, scattered in 50 meters of shore of a beach of José Ignacio,” explained Richard Tesore, head of the NGO SOS Rescate Fauna Marina .
“A couple of penguins had some oil, the rest were healthy, it is thought that some animals had arrived alive and then some stray dogs killed them, since they had blood in the neck area,” he added.
In addition, the beaches of Rocha and Canelones also had the appearance of dead animals in their coasts, according to El País and confirmed Montevideo Portal.
“It is a very bad situation, we raise some bodies to do necropsies and the idea is to reveal reports to the authorities to find out if there is an answer,” concluded Tesore.
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HIGHLY pathogenic avian influenza continues to wipe out penguins at the Halifax Island beach near Lüderitz.
The Lüderitz Maritime Research Group estimated on its Facebook page that more than 500 penguins have died since the first bird flu outbreak towards the end of last year.
“Unfortunately, there is another confirmation that the mortality is continuing unabated. As of today, 345 penguin carcasses, excluding chicks, were recovered from the island and nearby beaches… the real toll is by now probably in excess of 500 birds, mostly breeding adults,” a recent post on the group’s Facebook page reads.
According to the group, they have noticed that most of the affected penguins are clustered around “colony 2” on the south side of the island, and in particular near a muddy patch adjoining this colony.
“As the virus H5N8 can survive for weeks in a wet environment, we suspect that this mud patch might be a factor in the continuing mortalities as it is crossed daily by adult penguins returning from the sea,” the Facebook post further reads.
The group said the fisheries ministry’s officials had recently spread buckets of salt over the mud patch in an attempt to lower the rate of infection.
Dr Jean-Paul Roux, a member of the research group, who spoke to The Namibian yesterday, said the damage in terms of the dying penguins might be more serious because it is not known whether the outbreak had spread to the three adjacent Possession, Ichaboe and Mercury islands.
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THE deaths of penguins at the Halifax Island beach some 10 kilometres outside Lüderitz near Diaz Point, about 100 metres off the mainland, are suspected to be linked to bird flu.
The ministry of fisheries’ spokesperson, De Wet Siluka yesterday confirmed that symptoms of bird flu were detected from the live and rehabilitated penguins’ observations, and it is suspected it might be the cause of the penguins’ deaths.
The recent inspection, conducted on 27 January, found similar symptoms in one of the swift tern birds on the same island, he added.
But, Siluka said, central veterinary laboratory results expected soon were still needed to determine the exact cause of the seabirds’ mortalities.
The deaths of the penguins were discovered late last month, and about 250 mostly adult birds have been reported dead.
He said the ministry is committed to visiting the island on a regular basis, despite rough weather conditions, to collect dead penguins’ bodies, and burn them to avoid the further spread of the suspected cause of death.
“We are also collecting and rehabilitating the infected penguins at our intensive care facilities,” he continued.
Siluka said the biggest worry is that penguins are already endangered species.
“Besides good population growth recorded on this island, here comes another catastrophe to the penguins’ population growth,” he stated.
Halifax Island, according to the ministry’s spokesperson, is the third most important breeding site for African penguins, and is home to about 2 500 penguins that contribute to the entire Namibian population of about 26 000 penguins.
Other seabirds breeding on the island include crowned cormorants, swift terns and Hartlaub’s gulls.
Penguins are part of a food web, and basically feeding regimes of other seabirds as well, and the ministry was thus working around the clock to establish the cause of death.
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Penguins were found on the border of Matinhos, Pontal do Paraná and Guaratuba Divulgação / CEM
“Hundreds of penguins have been stranded on the coast of Paraná in the past two weeks. According to the biologist Camila Domit of the Laboratory of Ecology and Conservation of Mammals and Marine Reptiles of the Center for Sea Studies (CEM), Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), the number of beached animals that had been high since August had a jump last week, especially on Thursday (13) and Friday (14). The number has not yet been confirmed, but is estimated to be approximately 350 birds of the penguins-magellan species. The number of survivors was not confirmed, but most were dead. Two dolphins and some turtles were also found dead.
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Still the search for the death of approximately 70 penguins, found yesterday in the beaches of the region. The two cities with the most death records were Navegantes, with 19, and Balneário Camboriú with 14 birds caught. The main suspect is that they died of malnutrition. But illegal fishing nets can also be villains.
According to Jeferson Luiz Dick, coordinator of the Beach Monitoring Project, managed by Univali, besides Balneário and Navegantes, dead animals were found in Barra Velha, Penha, Bombinhas, Itapema and Porto Belo.
In Navega, the penguins were in the sand of the beach. All were collected by the inspectors of the Environmental Foundation of Navegantes (Fuman) and handed over to the technicians of the Beach Monitoring Project, managed by Univali.
In Balneário, besides the central beach, the lifeless birds were in Taquaras and Pinho beach.
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Tortoise was found dead by bather in Guarujá, SP – Photo: João Carlos Azevedo / Personal Archive
Another 12 marine animals were found dead on the shores of the coast of São Paulo, between Friday morning (24) and Saturday (25). The three turtles, seven penguins and two albatrosses were already in advanced stage of decomposition, and were collected by the Gremar Institute in cities of the Baixada Santista, to be taken for necropsy.
According to information from the biologist Greane, Rosane Farah, on Friday, two turtle-headed turtles (Caretta caretta) were found in Bertioga and Guarujá. The teams were able to identify that they are two males, one adult and one still young. Also a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) was collected in São Vicente and a penguin in Guarujá.
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