Tag Archive for mass animal deaths

Alaskan whales mass mortality event

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News snippet: Mystery Surrounds ‘Unusual’ Death of 30 Large Whales in Alaska Thirty large whales have died in the western Gulf of Alaska since May, now deemed an “unusual mortality event” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The historical average for this time-frame is eight deaths, said Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for NOAA…

Mass animal deaths reported; fringe sites panic over headlines

Masses of dead vellella on the beach. It happens.

Mass animal deaths can be caused by a myriad of things – disease, natural toxins, algal blooms and other oxygen-depleting situations, human hunting and dumping, accidents, warmer waters, lack of food, etc. The mystery mongering sites will lump all the mass mortality events under one scary banner – DEAD ANIMALS! PANIC! They do a serious…

Mysterious bird deaths recorded on the Oregon coast

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Pacific southwest of Santa Barbara, California, USA
21 April 2007.  Photo by Glen Tepke.

A harsh winter? No food? What is causing a surge in dead and dying sea birds on the West Coast? Why is the beach covered in dead birds?. Many visitors to Oregon’s coast over the holidays were greeted with the disturbing sight of dead seabirds. On Dec. 21, on the beach at Seaside, more than…

Sea stars mystery: Mass mortality from virus

Pisaster ochraceus, Ochre sea star is affected by the wasting disease (Wikipedia)

We have a worrying update to the news from 2013 about star wasting disease. Starfish in record numbers along the U.S. West Coast were dying – losing limbs and turning to slime (technically reported as “epidermal necrosis and ulceration, and dermal inflammation and edema in the body wall”). Researchers have proposed that a virus is…

Mass fish death in New Jersey blamed on natural causes

Dead fish float in a drying pond near Rock Port, Mo. Photo credit: Nati Harnik / AP

Officials conclude that there is nothing hazardous in the water but that environmental circumstances resulted in a massive fish kill. Belmar Residents Shocked To See Thousands Of Dead Fish Floating In Shark River Possibly tens of thousands of fish have died in Belmar, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said. Recent heavy rains were…

Dead animals in DC park part of ritual sacrifice?

Parks have become a commonplace location to find animal remains related to possible ritual sacrifices. It would be less icky if people kept this kind of stuff to themselves. Goat, chickens, pigeons found with throats slashed in Rock Creek Park Animal welfare officials are investigating whether a religious or ritualistic practice was behind the death…

You know it’s spring in China when the pigs come floating by

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Last year by this time, there were thousands of reported carcasses in the river apparently due to a virus but that was not officially confirmed. China hit by new flood of dead pigs in river. Chinese authorities have found 157 dead pigs in a river, state media said Wednesday, underscoring the country’s food safety problems…

Bats dying en masse in Australia

The heat is taking its toll on bats in Australia. Why did 100,000 dead bats reportedly fall out of the sky in Australia? – The Week. Unfortunately for residents of several towns scattered across the north-east state of Queensland, enjoying all that wonderful sunshine may be a bit difficult, especially when surrounded by the rotting,…

Sea turtle mass deaths

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A mass death of sea turtles. Worrying. Wildlife Extra News – Hundreds of sea turtles found dead along Central American coast. Hundreds of sea turtles, many dead and some with signs of concussion, have been washed up on the Pacific coasts of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and elsewhere in Central America. Researchers in Costa…

Bird mass mortality in Australia could signal serious change

Photo credit: Jason South

Bird deaths in Australia may signal a bigger problem. Dead birds ‘not just a freak event’. Muttonbirds are dying in their thousands nearly every year and much more frequently than ever before, washing up on the coast from Coffs Harbour to Tasmania. On South Melbourne and Port Melbourne beaches on Wednesday beach cleaning contractor David…

Fukushima fears fueling fishy stories

Waves, not radioactive water.

I’ve noticed an uptick in hits to this post on Fukushima. People are apparently seeing a lot of info online and getting concerned. Well, let’s ease your mind a bit. The Fukushima stuff is DOUBTFUL NEWS for sure. Let’s take a look. 28 fallacies about the Fukushima nuclear disaster’s effect on the US West Coast…

What suddenly killed 100 elk in New Mexico? (UPDATE: Solved)

Originally published 7 Sept 2013, see update below. Mysterious deaths still under investigation. Elk deaths baffle New Mexico game officials – The Santa Fe New Mexican: Local News. New Mexico game officials are trying to figure out what killed more than 100 elk within 24 hours last week on a private ranch. The elk weren’t…

So much sugar, it will kill you (if you are a fish)

Too much of anything is bad and can kill. Even molasses. 233,000 gallons of molasses spills into Honolulu Harbor causing – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL. A massive molasses spill at Honolulu Harbor that Hawaii News Now first reported on Monday is killing fish and the State has no way to clean up…

Epidemic infection zombified Moscow pigeons

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Not avian flu, at least. And it turns out that initial reports of Newcastle disease did not pan out. Autopsies showed it was NOT transmissible to humans. ‘Zombie pigeon epidemic’ in Moscow sparks fears of transmission to humans — RT News. An “epidemic” of pigeon deaths in Moscow has sparked speculation that birds were succumbing…

Mystery dolphin mass mortality event to be studied

There is no cause yet determined for a dolphin mass mortality event in Florida that has been occurring this year. The government will investigate. Government Declares Mass Dolphin Die-Off an Unusual Mortality Event – Wired Science. At least 54 bottlenose dolphins have died mysteriously in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon since January. Today, the federal government is stepping…

It rained bees in Oregon town

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Mass die-off of thousands of bees looks to be result of human error. 25,000 dead bees found in Wilsonville | KOIN.com. Experts are investigating why 25,000 bees were found dead or dying in a parking lot at a Target store in Wilsonville. The strange sight first caught shoppers’ eyes a few days ago. It’s still…

Fish follow the pigs – Shanghai’s Huangpu river of the dead

You know, I’m really not buying that the “same level as usual” didn’t kill a lot of things too. Eww… Dead Fish Found In Shanghai River – Business Insider. Just weeks after over 16,000 putrefying pigs were pulled from Shanghai’s Huangpu river, more than 250kg [550 lbs] of dead carp had to be retrieved from…

Sheep attacked. Chupacabras, of course.

Short and to the pointless. 42 sheep found dead in Honduras. Io9 picks up the story from Inexplicata which is a translation of the local story. Honduras sheep attacks spark more chupacabra fears. 42 sheep were found dead from apparent animal bites on a farm in Honduras that was guarded by dogs and a few…

Methane gas is labeled catalyst for all sorts of catastrophes

Every once in while, I’ll spy over at some forum or another that shall remain unnamed just to see what the latest buzz is in the “top secret” world of conspiracies. I discovered that the rash of animal deaths over the past few years, mystery sounds, earthquakes, weird weather, and outbreaks of fainting and illness…

Mass animal death in Peru: A variety of animals wash ashore

This may be a bit unusual. Several kinds of animals washed up dead, in various states of decomposition. Peru: Dozens Of Dead Sea Creatures Washed Up. The bodies of 18 sea turtles, 22 sea lions, eight dolphins, 16 angular roughsharks and 22 marine birds were found during an inspection by government officials. The carcasses, were…

Unknown substance coating birds washing up on UK beaches

Photo from BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-21291294

A white sticky substance coated birds that are washing up on the beach. Mystery deepens as increasing numbers of stricken birds wash up on Dorset coast – Nature – Environment – The Independent. Increasing numbers of stricken birds are washing up on the south coast after being covered in a mysterious substance. Wildlife experts are…

Squid by the ton (updated)

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There are record hauls of squid this year. Now they are washing up on California shores. Squid deaths are a many-tentacled mystery Legions of big predatory squid have gathered along the Northern California coast, where they are stranding themselves on Santa Cruz beaches by the hundreds in a mysterious frenzy of suicide. The jumbo invertebrates,…

Oil spill was final straw contributing to dolphin deaths

High dolphin deaths in Gulf of Mexico due to oil spill and other environmental factors, study finds. The largest oil spill on open water to date and other environmental factors led to the historically high number of dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico, concludes a two-year scientific study released July 19. A team of…

Mystery pelican mass death follow dolphin catastrophe in Peru

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Peru investigates mystery pelican deaths – CNN.com. Authorities in Peru are investigating the death of over 538 pelicans, along with other birds, on the northern coast of the country, the Peruvian ministry of production said Sunday. The new environmental investigation comes on the heels of an incident earlier in April when 877 dolphins washed up…