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Dozens of dead sea birds and dead seals wash ashore in Coronado, California, USA

The scene on my walk yesterday morning was much different than in days past. It started out at the surfer statue in Imperial Beach as it had in the past; two friends and I headed north on the sand and moved down near the water where the sand was firm. A couple hundred yards past the rock jetty and we see a dead bird. While that’s not something we normally see on our Coronado walks nor was it something we had seen on previous walks, it was just one bird. Until it wasn’t.
The further we walked, the more dead birds we saw, not one or two but over two dozen between the jetty and the Coronado Cays beach public restroom area. I spoke with one of the State Park Rangers asking him if he had noticed an increase in the number of dead birds recently, and he said, “Oh yes, dead birds up and down the beach,” indicating there were more north of what I had already seen. I asked if he cleaned them up as I noticed trash bags in his electric cart. He told me, “No, we are told not to touch them even with the tools we have for trash collection.” They also don’t remove the dead seals, of which we saw four.
When it became clear to me I needed to document these findings I could not help but think of the Navy SEALs who train in the water. I had asked a neighbor just last week who is a SEAL if there were any changes to the training when the water is deemed contaminated and he told me, “Not that I know of,” and when I asked if he was concerned he replied, “Not at all!” No sooner had this thought popped into my mind that I looked back down the beach to see two teams heading into the same ocean water that most likely had something to do with the dead birds and seals that I was walking around.
I asked a fisherman who fishes the shore frequently if he had noticed an increase in dead birds, and he responded, “I noticed a lot of feathers coming back when I was reeling in, not something I usually experience.” He went on to blame Governor Brown for not doing something.
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132 dead seals wash up on the shores of Lake Baikal in Russia

Третий факт массовой гибели нерпы выявлен на Байкале

INTERFAX.RU-Number found on the shores of Lake Baikal in Irkutsk oblast and Buryatia dead seals increased to 132, “Interfax” in the Baikal interregional Department of Rosprirodnadzor in Tuesday.
“At three sites of the Baikal coast-the village of New Enkhaluk (Buryatia), near the village of Murino (Irkutsk region) and along the Circum-Baikal Railway (between the villages of port Baikal and Kultuk in Irkutsk region) to the raised so far 132 mascara dead seals. The reason for the mass death of animals is established, “said Assistant Manager Irina Shushakova.
According to preliminary data, the largest number of dead animals-more than 90-found in Buryatia. In the Irkutsk region raised 39 carcasses.
Shushakova noted that deaths of seals from any infection has not yet confirmed-the first samples gave negative results. Illegal hunting is also deleted. Therefore, the basic version is the natural cause-for example, the deaths during the storm.
It was earlier reported that three facts of mass deaths of Baikal seals were registered at the end of October on the shores of Lake Baikal, two in Sljudjanskom district of Irkutsk region and one in Kabanskom region of Buryatia.
In Buryatia on the sand spit near the locality of New Enkhaluk tourists found around 30 dead animals. In the Irkutsk region staff RAMS “Reserved Baikal” found 31 killed animal when traversing the coast between port Baikal and Kultuk, seven more carcasses were found near the village of Murino.
It was also reported that according to preliminary data from the autopsy seals, animals died from cardiac arrest. The first result of the laboratory examination of samples showed lack of canine distemper virus.
Currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the seal are engaged in the Angara-Baikal regional office Rosrybolovstva, Baikal interregional Office of Rosprirodnadzor, the territorial Department of Rosselkhoznadzor, regional veterinary services, FGBU”Zapovednoe Baikal” Limnological Institute of the SB RAS and the West-Baikal environmental Prosecutor’s Office.
The Baikal seal, Lake Baikal seal, or one of three species of freshwater seals in the world, endemic to Lake Baikal. Currently the population of seals in Lake is more than 100 thousand. goals.
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243 dead seals have washed up during the past 2 months in Mangystau, Kazakhstan

Energy Minister comments on seals die-off in Caspian Sea
KAZINFORM Kazakh Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev has commented on the recent facts of the mass die-off of the Caspian seals, Kazinform correspondent reports. During a reporting meeting with citizens, one of the guests asked the minister whether there was some correlation between the deaths of seals in the Caspian Sea and oil production. “People usually correlate everything that happens in Mangystau and Atyrau regions to offshore production. There are lots of those who call themselves as ecologists. They live in Almaty and have never been to Mangystau. However, they instantly state that oilers are to blame for the seals die-off”, the minister said. According to him, there is no exact information on the fact that the seals died by oil companies’ emissions. “Damaged skin covers were found during examination of the corpses. This evidence goes to prove that they were trapped in fishing nets, probably illegal ones. Such an explanation is quite possible too”, Bozumbayev explained. He advised that the specialists 
failed to perform more accurate expert examination because the corpses were heavily decomposed. Local veterinary service burnt them. “But if the die-off rates will be seriously high, we will respond very seriously”, he added. As reported before, no hazardous substances were found out in the samples taken after the mass die-off of the Caspian seals. Recall that over 243 corpses of the dead seals were discovered in Tupkaragan district of Mangystau region in late April. The dead animals were washed up on the shore.
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Dozens of fur seals washing dead or dying along bay shores in California, USA

A shocking number of fur seals are washing up on Bay Area shores, sick or dead.
Dr. Shawn Johnson – Marine Mammal Center Director of Veterinary Science, “They’re probably the cutest little Marine Mammal out there. They’re a combination between a California Sea Lion and maybe a Sea Otter.”
This rare Guadalupe fur seal is one of the lucky ones being released back into the wild after recovering at the marine mammal center…once hunted nearly to extinction, now listed as threatened under the endangered species act. The Marine Mammal Center is seeing more of them, but that’s not good.
Dr. Shawn Johnson, Director of Veterinary Science at the Marine Mammal Center said, “Over the last four years the most we’ve ever rescued in one year is five. But recently, fifty.
These miniature sea lions eat mostly squid…but warming waters have the squid moving farther north…making it hard for the little guys to find food…very little is known about these creatures so scientist glued satellite trackers on them.
“You can see they go really far off shore!”
Surprised, the researchers watched the seals — no larger than a dog — swim hundreds of miles out into the open ocean where they continued north to Canada, sometimes the signals stop.
Dr. Johnson said, “They also could have perished because they couldn’t find enough food or they got eaten by a shark.”
No one know for sure but…one thing in common with all seals…sharp teeth…
Keep your hands to yourself if you find one on the beach.
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317 dead seals found washed up, reason unknown, along the coast of Dagestan, Russia

Photo By Igor Russak / RIA Novosti
Experts find it difficult to name the reason for the mass death of animals
Along the coast of the Caspian Sea in Dagestan found 317 heads of dead seals, reports TASS with reference to the head of State Nature Reserve “Dagestan” Kurban Kunieva.
The expedition found washed up on the shore of animals at the site length of 27 kilometers. We are talking about adult. According Kunieva, seal storm wind brought to Dagestan coast of the Caspian Sea with neighboring territories.
The cause of the mass death of seals will not be possible to establish, since they were killed about two weeks ago, said the head of the reserve. According to him, poaching can not cause the death of so many individuals. The case could be an illness or in military exercises, which recently took place in the Caspian Sea.
“But this assumption, just say no one can” – he said.
A similar incident took place five years ago, while the causes of death of the seals also remain unknown, reminded Kuniev.
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6 dead seals found washed up on a beach in Mangystau, Kazakhstan

Мертвые тюлени обнаружены на пляже в Мангистауской области
Six dead seals 18 September discovered a resident of Fort-Shevchenko in Mangistau region. Dead animals lying on a City Beach in two groups of three bodies, reports
According to the citizen, the corpses belonged not young adults more often killed by their inexperience and weaknesses. On the beach were found large adults. In addition, in the vicinity of seals on shore were found about 10 dead fish.
What is poisoning again? — question eyewitnesses.
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30 dead seals, 18 dead dolphins and birds found dead along the coast of Trujillo, Peru

The biologist and Professor at the National University of Trujillo Carlos Bocanegra said that on a tour of the beaches of Huanchaco and Santiago de Cao found a variety of mammals and seabirds dead stranded on the shore.
The specialist said that along the beaches el Boquerón (Huanchaco) and el Charco (Santiago de Cao) found dead 30 sea lions, dolphins 18, 2 Pelicans and a booby. 
The remains are in poor condition and so far do not have been collected, even though they constitute a hazard to continue outdoors. 
Carlos Bocanegra said that the death of these species would be due to the scarcity of the anchovy and for that reason are released to the fishermen’s nets to get their food, the sea men face to them causing his death.
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Large number of ‘endangered’ fur seals washing up dead or dying along coast of California, USA

Eighty fur seals have been found stranded or dead on California’s coast so far this year, eight times more than normal, scientists said.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said 42 of the seals were found dead and the remainder were found alive but half-starving.
The NOAA said on Tuesday it was declaring an Unusual Mortality Event in light of the strandings and deaths, a designation that allows for more federal funds to be allocated for the threatened species.
Teneya Norris, of the Marine Mammal Center which is caring for some of the animals, attributed the strandings to changes in the availability of food due to ocean-warming trends.
“These stranded animals are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of animals affected by the unusually warm water temperatures we’ve been seeing off the coast,” Norris said.
The fur seals were nearly brought to extinction in the late 1800s because of hunting and today about 10,000 remain.
They breed almost exclusively on Guadalupe Island, off the Mexican coast, and little is known about the species.
In 2013, the NOAA also sounded the alarm on California’s sea lions after hundreds became stranded along the coast.
Norris said while the number of fur seals stranded is significantly lower than the 1,300 sea lions rescued this year, the influx was distressing.
“While these numbers might not sound like a lot, for a threatened species it’s actually a big warning sign that we need to pay attention to what’s happening in our oceans,” she said.
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Hundreds of marine mammals, including seals and whales have washed up dead during winter in Quebec, Canada

Al Grillo / AP / The Canadian Press
With the arrival of spring and the ice melted, the Quebec Emergency Response Network for Marine Mammals request the cooperation of the residents and other users of the St. Lawrence River to promptly report the discovery of carcasses.
Hundreds of carcasses of marine mammals, including seals and whales, have failed during the winter. They represent valuable information for conservation and scientific research.
Depending on the species and the state of the carcass, volunteers or Network partners will go on the stranding site to collect additional data, such as gender and age of the animal. These data allow among others to track populations of marine mammals of the St. Lawrence.
Some species are subject to a tighter monitoring program. For example, in the case of beluga whales, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is pursuing a systematic sampling program of carcasses. If they are fresh, they are sent to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal, Saint-Hyacinthe, for a full review. This necropsy to determine among others the cause of death, diseases and contamination with various toxic products.
If the state of the carcass does not justify this move, the National Institute of Ecotoxicology St. Lawrence performs sampling on site to determine at least the age of beluga, gender and levels of various contaminants the fat of the animal.
The Quebec Emergency Response Network for Marine Mammals is thanks to the commitment of fifteen private and government organizations and a hundred volunteers. Its mandate is to organize, coordinate and implement measures to reduce the incidental mortality of marine mammals, to rescue those in difficulty and to promote the acquisition of knowledge from dead animals in the waters of St. Lawrence bordering Quebec.
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