Animal die-offs 2021

The Lebanese army announced on Monday that it continues to collect tons of dead fish at Lake Qaraoun in West Bekaa. A large number of dead fish have been recently washed ashore at the lake.

The massive fish deaths are believed to be caused by untreated water discharged by dozens of factories into the Litani River, which flows into Lake Qaraoun, an artificial lake created by a dam on the longest river in Lebanon. 

More than 60 dead dolphins and tonnes of different species of fish have been washed ashore along the coasts of Ghana. In Axim-Bewire in the Western Region, over 60 dolphins have washed ashore on Sunday, April 4, 2021. Prior to that discovery, tonnes of large species of fish have also been spotted in Osu in the capital Accra and Keta in the Volta Region. Environmental officers have taken samples of the species of dead fish and sea mammals to the laboratory for analysis following suspicious that they did not wash shore alive but dead.

On the 4th of September, 2017, TBW reported a strange event that happened in the Black Sea area of Novorossiysk, Russia when the U.S. Maritime Administration reported that, GPS HDOP, Horizontal Dilution of Precision (Global Positioning System) was showing 0.8 accuracies within 100m, but given the ship's, location, was actually 25 nautical miles off; GPS display. It was an apparent mass and blatant, GPS spoofing attack involving over 20 vessels in the Black Sea which had navigation experts and maritime executives scratching their heads.

(The event happened on June 22, 2017, at 0710 GMT)

One-third of freshwater fish face extinction. It is the latest shocking statistic from WWF and comes on the same day another report confirmed the population of monarch butterflies that arrived in Mexico’s forests to hibernate this winter fell 26% from a year earlier. TBW 

Dazzlingly diverse, freshwater fishes are vital for communities, economies, and ecosystems but are routinely undervalued and overlooked. They’re also under ever-increasing threats. 51% of all fish species are found in freshwater—that’s more than 18,000 different species. And they make up ¼ of all the world’s vertebrate species.

EL ROSARIO, Mexico (Reuters) - The population of monarch butterflies that arrived in Mexico’s forests to hibernate this winter fell 26% from a year earlier, the country’s Commission for National Protected Areas and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said on Thursday. Millions of orange and black monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico on a 2,000-mile (3,220-km) journey each year from Canada across North America.

But the butterflies occupied only 2.1 hectares in December 2020, compared with 2.8 hectares the previous winter season, the conservationist group WWF said in a statement. 

Alexander Vasenin - A pod of spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris)

Another 86 dolphins were found dead on Tuesday on an island off the coast of the southern African nation of Mozambique, the cause still unknown, the country's environment ministry said. Dolphins had already been discovered dead on Sunday at the same location, and a total of 111 marine mammals have been found by the authorities."

The team from Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Inhambane province found 86 lifeless dolphins on the west coast of Bazaruto Island," a ministry statement said.

The bird flu outbreak became a worry in the first week of January after many states started reporting unusual deaths of a large number of birds — wild, migratory and also poultry. The samples were tested and found to be a case of infection caused by Influenza Type-A virus, primarily H5N1, which is considered a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) variant. Other strains such as H7N1, H8N1 or H5N8 also cause bird flu and belong to the same HPAI category. While bird flu outbreak in Himachal Pradesh has been caused by H5N1, the samples from Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have shown the presence of H5N8 variant.
More than 110,000 birds are being culled as a result of the detection of avian influenza in Northern Ireland, the North's Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Daerah) has confirmed.

The North's chief veterinary officer, Dr Robert Huey reported that Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), subtype H5N8, was found in a poultry flock at a commercial holding in Clough in Co Down. A second suspected case is under investigation at a commercial holding near Lisburn, Co Antrim. 
6 Jan 2021

France is to cull around 600,000 poultry birds as it tries to contain an avian influenza virus that is spreading among duck flocks in the southwest of the country, the farm ministry said on Tuesday. France is among European countries to have reported highly contagious strains of bird flu late last year, leading to mass culls as authorities try to limit transmission from wild birds to farm flocks.

Avian flu is running rampant during the first week of 2020 in Europe: England, Ireland, Sweden and Denmark all suffer farm infections this week: Avian influenza has been spreading through Europe and Asia in recent weeks, causing millions of birds to be culled

5 Dec 2021
Around 100,000 Gressingham ducks will be culled at four linked farms near Watton after a major East Anglian poultry producer confirmed its second bird flu outbreak in eight days. Gressingham Foods, the UK's largest duck producer, says a highly-pathogenic strain of avian influenza (AI) has infected a flock run by its supplier Green Label Poultry at Foulden Road in Ickburgh.

Starting today, all 100,000 birds will be humanely culled across the complex of four neighbouring duck-rearing units, to prevent the disease from spreading. It follows an outbreak eight days earlier at Homelea Farm in Great Ellingham, near Attleborough - also run by Green Label Poultry - which prompted the cull of 8,000 Gressingham ducks. 

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