Animal Die-offs Quick Read

Another marine life disaster unfolding in the US as dead harbour seals are washing up in large numbers around southern Maine
Marine mammal experts are at a loss to explain why a large number of harbour seals have turned up dead on beaches in southern Maine this summer [2018].
The most recent cluster of deaths was reported [Mon 13 Aug 2018] when the carcasses of 11 harbour seals, mostly pups, were discovered on Bayview and Kinney Shores beaches in Saco.
Those beaches are situated between Ocean Park and Ferry Beach State Park.
In the past 2 days, more than 30 dead harbour seals have washed ashore on southern Maine beaches, including Wells Beach and Ogunquit Beach, said Lynda Doughty, executive director of Marine Mammals of Maine, which investigated the Saco seal deaths.

Tens of tons of dead marine life including fish dolphins turtles manatees and birds along the Westcoast of Florida from red tide algae bloom
It has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world but a red tide algae bloom stretching a hundred miles from Anna Maria Island down to Fort Myers on the Westcoast of Florida is turning into an ecological disaster as tons of dead fish are being shovelled from beaches.
Dead fish are now washing ashore on Anna Maria Island after the red tide bloom drifted slightly north over the weekend. Meanwhile, crews in Sarasota County say they removed several tons of dead fish over the last two days alone.
Red tide is an algae bloom that depletes oxygen in the water, killing marine life from fish to manatees to turtles.

A mass mortality never seen before: Thousands of fish sea turtles, manatees and other marine life dying from massive algae bloom in Florida
If you're wondering whether the red tide has made its way to Manatee County yet, the simple answer is yes.
It just depends on where you are looking.
At least, that's the way conditions were as of Sunday afternoon.
By Sunday, reports of dozens of dead fish, a foul smell in the air and terrible coughing fits reached as far north as Bradenton Beach.
But in Anna Maria, near the northern tip of the island, there were no obvious signs of red tide.
The algae bloom, known as Karenia brevis, has wreaked havoc along Florida's southwest coast, seemingly creeping its way farther north with every passing day.
By late last week, it had reached Sarasota County, leaving Siesta Key with brown water and thousands of dead fish lining the shore.

Red tide algae bloom from Tampa Bay area to the Florida Keys is killing hundreds of sea turtles with a mass mortality never seen before
Hundreds of sea turtles have washed up on Southwest Florida beaches this year in a mass mortality event that researchers say will impact the recovery of the protected species.
Seventeen have been recovered off Sanibel and Captiva islands near Fort Myers in the past week. "Our average for the entire year is usually around 30 or 35, but we've had 53 in June and July alone," said Kelly Sloan, a sea turtle researcher at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation on Sanibel. Sloan said foundation has picked up 91 sea turtles on the islands since a red tide bloom started in October.
"Most of them have been mature adults, and only one in 1,000 make it to adulthood," Sloan said.
"It takes a loggerhead 25 to 30 years to mature, so that really does have a significant impact on their recovery."

Another clue to the decline of The Pacific Ocean as a massive increase in jellyfish due to lack of fish who feed on them
Jellyfish have been a natural part of the Bering Sea ecosystem for decades.
In recent years, their population numbers in the region have dramatically increased.
A research team funded by the National Science Foundation is in Nome to find out what the cause and implications might be.
"There are certain fish that do feed on jellyfish: some of the salmon do, some other fish," said Mary Beth Decker, a research scientist from Yale University.
"But in this part of the world, not this many fish feed on jellyfish."

Thousands of dead seabirds washing up along the Alaskan coast for the 4th year in a row confirms the West coast of the U.S. is dying
Scientists estimate that thousands of dead seabirds are washing up along the coasts of western Alaska.
Common murres, an abundant North Pacific seabird, have been found dead on shores from Shishmaref to St. Lawrence Island since last month, KTUU-TV reported Wednesday.
A dead bird has been examined at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's migratory bird office in Anchorage and more are being sent in to be tested, said Robb Kaler, a wildlife biologist for the service.

"The death scale of the Pacific herring in Piltun Bay is enormous," 100 TONNES of dead herring wash up on Pacific island probable cause oil
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An estimated 100 tons of dead fish washed up on Sakhalin Island in Russia, north of Japan last week. "The death scale of the Pacific herring in Piltun Bay is enormous," a spokesman for the regional NGO Ecological Watch of Sakhalin said.
"The death of such an amount of uneven-aged fish of the same species is an abnormal event, and it may be a question of the destruction of a large part of the population of the herring of the bay."
The event was first reported on June 12.
Fish samples have been sent to Moscow for testing.

Tens of thousands of fish endure a terrible stressful death after river dried up due to closed Keystone Dam and Zink Dam in Arkansas
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The Arkansas River at Tulsa essentially dried up downstream from a closed Keystone Dam and below a closed, yet leaky, Zink Dam on Friday.
Tens of thousands of fish died as a result.
While the air temperature rose to near 100 degrees and the water temperature was not far behind, fish crowded into shallow pools below the dam in often futile efforts to survive.
Carcasses littered the gravel bars as resident bikers and trail walkers stopped to ask what was going on.

Ras Al Khaimah residents United Arab Emirates woke on Monday to their beach littered with tens of thousands of dead fish reason unknown
Reports of animal and fish die off's are mostly reported in local newspapers or websites so the problem is often missed by the greater public, however, since around 2011 the problem has become global thanks to certain websites dedicated to reporting the phenomenon, literally millions of species are dying every day and the cause of many of the deaths are unknown.
Residents of Al Rams area in Ras Al Khaimah woke up on Monday morning to an astonishing sight: a large stretch of the beach was littered with thousands of dead fish.
The small Sardines lined a large part of the 1.6km shoreline.

Tons of marine species washed up on Carelmapu beach in Chile: The harmful algae bloom Karenia is thought to have caused the deaths
Tons of sea worms or pinucas beached on the beach of Carelmapu, Los Lagos region, Chile.
The harmful algae bloom Karenia is thought to have caused the deaths.
The phenomenon occurs on the coast near the facilities of the port and the urban area, where tons of these species remain dead and in a state of putrefaction causing a terrible smell.
The inhabitants are asking for the intervention of the local government in order to remove the problem.
One of the solutions could be to bury this waste, however, neighbours say that with the rotation of tides every time the sea expels more specimens towards the beach.

Lack of food and rough weather responsible for the "biggest penguin die-off in many years" along with other birds and fish in New Zealand
A little blue penguin washed up on Mount Maunganui Main Beach. Photo / George Novak
Marine advocates are calling a large number of little blue penguins washing up along the Bay of Plenty coastline the "biggest penguin die-off in many years".
The Department of Conservation (DoC) Tauranga office had answered an average of five calls each week since February, and Western Bay Wildlife Trust's Julia Graham said the trust had 58 calls about dead penguins in two weeks.

Dozens of whales washed up on a beach in New Zealand once again during coronal activity on our Sun
Dozens of whales washed up on a beach in New Zealand in bizarre circumstances.
Pictures from the beach in Haast, in the South Westland region show 38 whales' remains strewn across the landscape.
Among the total number of whales, there were 12 found alive, but they had to be euthanised by conservationists.
The whales became stranded after swimming too close to the shore at the mouth of the Okuru river. While it's clear how they washed up, the reason as to why they swam so close to the shore remains a mystery.
New Zealand Department of Conservation manager Wayne Costello said conditions were too dangerous to rescue those found alive.

Never before seen virus in the South Atlantic related to measles killing dolphins by the hundreds in Sepetiba Bay in Brazil
Dolphins in a bay are like canaries in a coal mine.
In Sepetiba Bay in Brazil, hundreds of dolphins have recently died.
Scientists have discovered more than 200 dead Guiana dolphins over the past few months in the bay, according to a new report by The New York Times.
The deaths were reportedly caused by a virus related to measles.
This virus typically might kill only a handful of dolphins-and never before in the South Atlantic.
But now, bloated, scarred, deformed and emaciated carcasses are turning up everywhere in the bay near Rio de Janeiro.

Another mystery as more than 200 monkeys have died and several are ailing in a village of Amroha India due to unknown circumstances
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More than 200 monkeys have died and several are ailing in a village of Amroha due to a mysterious disease.
Villagers are puzzled and concerned about increasing number of deaths of monkeys.
The residents also fear chances of such disease spreading to human beings.
The bodies have been sent to Bareilly for postmortem to ascertain the real cause behind the deaths. Samples of food items and drainage have also been collected for investigation.

More than 150 cows drop dead in 2 hours one by one as owners watched in disbelief in Rangul Kenya under unknown circumstances
Joshua Otieno, a farmer in Nyakach, Kisumu County, watched in disbelief as his cows collapsed and died one after the other.
By midday, Tuesday, more than 150 cows, including some that belonged to his neighbours in Rangul village, lay dead under unknown circumstances.
An entire village is now counting losses and coming to terms with the biggest catastrophe in the area in recent times.
The cows reportedly developed difficulties walking before dropping dead as their owners watched, moments after leaving a grazing field.
According to the owners, the deaths began on Monday evening.

Space Weather link? Scientists baffled after 49 dolphins wash up DEAD on beach in Argentina one week after 150 whales died in Australia
It is a theory The Big Wobble has been banding around for almost two years now, Solar storms may trigger whale strandings as well as dolphins, birds and bees and other animals who rely upon our magnetic field to navigate.
Last week 150 whales beached and died while migrating off Western Australia in one of the largest mass strandings of whales in WA.
Yesterday scientists were left baffled after 61 short-beaked dolphins were found washed ashore on a beach resort in Argentina.

135 dead whales beached while migrating off Western Australia as rescuers struggle to save a further 15: Is the stranding linked to a solar storm?
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Rescuers are racing against the clock to save 15 short-finned pilot whales after more than 150 of the migrating mammals beached on the country’s west coast, the other 135 whales have died.
Most of the whales had died, said Jeremy Chick, incident controller at Western Australia’s conservation department, after becoming stranded on dry land overnight.
It is important to mention at this point the stranding has occurred as our planet is about to move deeper into a solar stream where it will experience fast-moving rivulets of solar wind--perhaps faster than 600 km/s (1.3 million mph).

Wildlife and plantlife on the brink: World’s last male northern white rhino is dead: Animal populations set to plummet by 67% between 1970 and 2020
Sudan: The world’s last male northern white rhino Credit YouTube
The world’s last male northern white rhino has died, the Kenyan conservancy taking care of it said, leaving only two females of its subspecies alive in the world.
It's another blow for Earth's biodiversity and last Saturday, a comprehensive, global appraisal of the damage, and what can be done to reverse the free-fall die-off of animal, fish and plant species around the world, will be conducted in Colombia.
In just three years’ time, the World will have lost two-thirds of all wild animals.

Wildlife on the brink! Biodiversity is in crisis globally as a comprehensive global appraisal of the damage starts today but is it too late?
According to The Daily Mail, there are an estimated 8.7 million plant and animal species on our planet and about 86 percent of land species and 91 percent of sea species remain undiscovered.
Of the ones we do know, 1,204 mammals, 1,469 bird, 1,215 reptiles, 2,100 amphibia, and 2,386 fish species are considered threatened.
Also threatened are 1,414 insects, 2,187 molluscs, 732 crustacea, 237 coral, 12,505 plant, 33 mushrooms, and six brown algae species.
Earth is enduring the sixth mass species extinction which is plunging the planet into 'global crisis', scientists have warned.

Almost 1 million animals killed by an extreme cold phenomenon known as "dzud" in Mongolia so far this year
Spare a thought for Mongolia, with temperatures dropping as low as −30 °C (−22 °F) the Mongolian National Agency for Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring has declared the winter a "dzud".

A total of 800,000 animals have died so far this year in Mongolia due to the extreme wintry weather is known as "dzud", the country's meteorology service said Wednesday.

The dzud is a brutal weather phenomenon in Mongolia where a dry summer followed by a frigid winter kills vast numbers of livestock either by starvation or cold.

Untold millions of dead marine life washing up around coastal areas of the UK in the wake of "The Beast From The East" and Storm Emma
Around the shores of the UK millions of marine life have been washing up on beaches after "The Beast From The East" and Storm Emma impacted Ireland and Britain last week.
Untold millions of dead and dying animals are being reported around the country.
According to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, tens of thousands of animals washed up on the beaches after the storm.
Tens of thousands of marine animals have been washed up along the UK’s east coast following the cold temperatures and rough weather over the last week.

Incredible photo of bird frozen alive under the water in Holland as 100's of thousands of dead creatures reported in aftermath of "The Beast Of The East"
An incredible photo has surfaced showing a kingfisher bird frozen solid mid-dive into a Dutch canal.
On inspection of the picture, it is obvious the bird froze solid at the split-second it dived into the water for a fish.
The unfortunate bird froze during the big freeze "The Beast Of The East" which plunged Europe into Arctic conditions.
Christoph van Ingen, who spotted the kingfisher in the town of Oostzaan, just north of Amsterdam, said he believed it might have dived into the canal to catch fish as the water was turning solid and been unable to escape.
Around a 100 people died across Ireland, the UK and Europe during the cold snap.

Algae bloom kills 2,450 tons of salmon in the same area where 40 thousand tons died in 2016 in southern Chile
The algae bloom that is occurring in southern Chile has left around 2,450 tons of dead salmon, according to the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca).
The phenomenon that produces blooms of harmful algae is affecting farming centres in the regions of Los Lagos, Aysen and Magallanes.
Fish mortality losses have been reported by two companies.
The company Invermar reported to the Commission for the Financial Market (CMF) the mortality of 1,600 tons of salmon, whose value is estimated at around US $ 8.25 million.
For its part, AquaChile reported that until January 31 it had LOST 23 million fish, equivalent to 42 thousand tons, for an estimated value of US $ 167 million.

By 2020 two thirds of all wild animals in the world will be dead: Unprecedented death of millions of tons of marine life around the world is increasing
In just two years’ time, the World will have lost two-thirds of all wild animals.
This amazing statistic from The Living Planet Index goes on: The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends and at the current rate all species would be totally gone before 2050.
Below is a snippet of the carnage around the world in just the last few days.
SAPO24 reported, more than two dozen pilot whales died after they hit the coast on two beaches on the Cape Verdean island of Maio, in an environmental disaster that is all too common around the world recently.

Tipping point breached! Monarch butterfly has a 95% decline since 1980's in North America: Two-thirds of ALL animals and insects extinct in 2 years
According to researchers from WWF and the Zoological Society of London in just two years’ time, the World will have lost two-thirds of all wild animals and insects.
This amazing statistic from The Living Planet Index goes on: The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.
The latest species under stress is the wonderful  North American monarch butterfly.
A new report by The Xerces Society claim the number of monarchs wintering in California has dropped to a five-year low, despite more volunteers counting more sites in search of the orange-and-black insect that is arguably the most admired of North American butterflies, a report said on Friday.

Hundreds of small starling birds fall from the sky in Utah, US while the cause behind it remains a mystery.
In a weird incident which occurred in Utah on Monday, January 29 where more than 200 starling birds fell on the street from the sky, while the cause behind it remains unknown.
According to Sergeant Chad Carpenter with the Draper City Police Department: "It's one of the rarest things I've ever heard of," reported as per say.
"You've seen that black cloud as it's flying all over the place.

The kangaroo is the latest species under stress as nearly 4 million die in 12 months from a mystery disease which has left experts baffled
In the 12 months between 2016 and 2017 nearly 4 million kangaroos have died in Australia from a mystery disease.
Millions of kangaroos are being wiped out down under by a mystery disease that causes massive haemorrhages and internal bleeding.
According to scientists, they have been left baffled as to why the kangaroo population is being decimated.
Both red and grey varieties are dying from the mysterious disease which is causing the kangaroos to die from ­hemorrhaging and internal bleeding around the joints.

Thousands of bats drop dead from trees after temperatures topped 47 degrees C around Sydney where heat is so severe it has melted tarmac
Thousands of flying foxes, bats, died in an Australian heatwave so severe it has melted tarmac.
Animal welfare volunteers battled to save the lives of the hundreds of babies and some adults in distress but the death toll is believed to be in the thousands.
A spokesman from the charity Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown said: "The efforts of our volunteers yesterday was both heroic and heartbreaking.

Authorities at a loss as to to why 80 gray dolphins have died in less than a month on the coast of Rio de Janeiro state; 5 dead dolphins a day!
Environmentalists in Brazil say they are trying to figure out why more than 80 gray dolphins have died in less than a month on the coast of Rio de Janeiro state.
A statement from the Gray Dolphin Institute says the dolphins died over past 17 days in the Bay of Sepetiba, a coastal district about 70 kilometres west of the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Dead seagulls thousands of fish and a dolphin wash up dead for the third time in just over a year along the same area of beach in Cornwall England
Dead seagulls, thousands of fish and a dolphin, have washed up on Marazion beach just one year after tens of thousands of fish washed up on the same Cornish beach and thousands of more of dead mackerel and herring on Pentwean Beach just a couple of miles away.
Thousands of dead sea creatures have washed up on the beach are believed to have been killed by a lightning strike.

Hundreds of sharks wash up dead on an Iranian island local fishermen thought to be responsible
Hundreds of dead sharks have washed up on the Iranian Shif island.
The sharks are thought to have been killed for their fins as fishermen catch the sharks for their fins before throwing the dead sharks back into the sea, leaving them to wash up on the shore.
The fins are believed to have medicinal properties, officials say, however catching the sharks is illegal.

Reindeer mystery in Norway: 65 animals were mown down on Saturday and more than 100 since Thursday by freight trains in sudden increase
A Norwegian reindeer herder says that freight trains have killed more than a 100 of the animals on the tracks in three days.
Torstein Appfjell, a distraught reindeer herder in Helgeland county, said Sunday that the worst incident happened Saturday when 65 animals were mown down.
Appfjell told The Associated Press by telephone it was "totally tragic" and "unprecedented" for so many reindeer to lose their lives in this way.