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Animal Die-offs 2020

A mass die-off baby seal horror is developing in Namibia: Nearly 10,000, "overall number could be higher." OCN said starvation was the most probable cause but other reasons could be toxins or disease and nothing could be ruled out

The beach at Pelican Point in Namibia has now risen to nearly 10,000 dead baby seals, Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN) said in an Instagram post on Friday. Drone footage taken by the OCN shows the beach full of seal pup bodies. "We are sitting at the cusp of a catastrophe. There are literally thousands of seal pups being born prematurely and dying almost immediately," OCN said.

"This is a natural phenomenon - meaning that when the pregnant female feels she does not have enough reserves, she can abort her fetus. This happens every year to a few individuals, but never on this scale!" Seals give birth in the middle of November, but sometimes you can see prematurely born seal pups in October.

September and October 2020 is proving to be terrifyingly destructive months for our wildlife. Reports today of Pelican Point in Namibia is covered with more than 5000 dead baby seals, lack of fish is thought to be the reason for the deaths, a common theme reported here on The Big Wobble.

Yesterday up to 1.5 million minks are likely to be put down at dozens of mink farms in Denmark due to the spread of Covid-19 amongst the animals. Full story. It comes after millions more Mink have been slaughtered in Nederlands and Spain. Infections of mink have already been documented in other countries, including the US. In June, authorities in these countries gassed hundreds of thousands of animals, concerned that the mink could harbour the virus indefinitely, enabling infections to persist among farm animals—and potentially spread to humans. TBW

The beach at Pelican Point in Namibia is covered with more than 5000 dead baby seals, Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN) said in an Instagram post on Wednesday. Drone footage taken by the OCN shows the beach full of seal pup bodies. "We are sitting at the cusp of a catastrophe. There are literally thousands of seal pups being born prematurely and dying almost immediately," OCN said.

"This is a natural phenomenon - meaning that when the pregnant female feels she does not have enough reserves, she can abort her fetus. This happens every year to a few individuals, but never on this scale!" Seals give birth in the middle of November, but sometimes you can see prematurely born seal pups in October.

Algae bloom in the Baltic Sept 2020, credit NASA

One of the youngest seas in the world is catching up with ecological consequences caused by the decade-long mismanagement of the fishery, pollution, and accelerating global warming. Will the Baltic Sea survive? In a recent picture by NASA, the Baltic Sea looks like a mystical nebula with the blue-green algae blooms between two Swedish islands of Oland and Gotland. The spirals and vortexes, of phytoplankton spreading for dozens and even hundreds of kilometres, look fascinating from space, but down on the Baltic shores, it is causing a growing concern for environmentalists, scientists, and local fishermen.

The "dead zones" are expanding, mainly due to extensive algae blooming, a process that deprives large parts of the sea of oxygen. Meanwhile, the cod population that stands at the centre of the food chain of the Baltic Sea is collapsing.

New mass deaths of marine animals have been discovered off the coast of Russia's Far Eastern Kamchatka peninsula where an unexplained event recently killed off up to 95% of seabed life, authorities said Monday. Scientists and witnesses reported seeing dead marine animals along the seabed south of the initial discovery last week, Kamchatka region governor Vladimir Solodov said on Instagram.

Neighbouring beaches, he said, were not affected. "The evidence shows that the scale of the occurrence is extremely large," Solodov said. He said that the deaths were "almost certainly linked to climate change and other polluting effects we as humankind cause to the Pacific Ocean." "We can't say that a local man-made object near [the port city of] Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky was the cause," Solodov added. 

French bird protection association La Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) in the Lot in southwest France has launched a campaign to save swallows after hundreds have been found dead due to bad weather.

Residents in the Lot, in the Midi-Pyrénées, Occitanie, have reported that many swallows have been suffering in the cold and wet weather conditions, and have been dying from exhaustion after becoming drenched and freezing.

Stéphanie Plaga Lemanski, director at LPO Lot, told local newspaper La Dépêche: “One school in the department counted almost 50 dead swallows in its playground and the commune of Corn found around 20 dead. It’s a massacre; a desolate spectacle of corpses.”

Thousands of mink have died at fur farms in Utah and Wisconsin after a series of coronavirus outbreaks. In Utah, ranchers have lost at least 8,000 mink to Covid-19 among the animals known for their silky, luxurious pelts. The virus first appeared in the creatures in August, shortly after farmworkers fell ill in July, according to Dr Dean Taylor, State Veterinarian of Utah.

Infections of mink have already been documented in other countries, including Denmark, the Netherlands, and Spain. In June, authorities in these countries gassed hundreds of thousands of animals, concerned that the mink could harbour the virus indefinitely, enabling infections to persist among farm animals—and potentially spread to humans according to Science Mag.

In recent days The Big Wobble has been reporting the deaths of maybe millions of birds from migratory shorebird colony failing to arrive in south-east Australia in time for the start of the breeding season for the second straight year. TBW

Or the APOCALYPTIC scenario which has unfolded in a secretive nuclear city in Russia where hundreds of dead birds suddenly plummeted from the sky and lay scattered on streets. The mysterious mass die-off of crows above a secretive nuclear Russian city has sent the internet into meltdown.TBW

Earlier last week thousands of marine life began washing up around Russia’s north-eastern Kamchatka region. The first signs that something was wrong began at the picturesque Khalaktyrsky beach, a popular tourist and surfing spot, became apparent when people started to develop symptoms after taking a dive in the ocean. “For weeks now, all surfers have been experiencing eye problems after coming back from the water,” Yekaterina Dyba, an administrator at a local surf school, wrote on social media on Thursday. She added that the swimmers felt “a decrease in vision,” as well as fever, nausea, and a sore throat.

Now the mystery has deepened as shocked officials have learned that the death toll in the oceans around Russia’s north-eastern Kamchatka region have increased sharply after scientists discovered that nearly 100 per cent of all organisms living on the seabed of the peninsula’s Avacha Bay has died. According to RT, the alarm was raised last weekend when piles of sea life began washing up on Kamchatka’s beaches.

Last year thousands of short-tailed shearwaters migrating from Alaska were washing up on Sydney's iconic beaches, Photo Credit Daily Mail.

Bird experts are concerned after a migratory shorebird colony failed to arrive in south-east Australia in time for the start of the breeding season for the second straight year. The short-tailed shearwater, or muttonbird, is one of Australia's most common and hardy birds.

Each year the birds clock up more than 32,000 kilometres, following the warm weather between the northern and southern hemispheres as they chase an "eternal summer".

Hordes of sea creatures have washed up at a popular tourist beach in Kamchatka after surfers complained about suffering from eye burns. A probe has been launched as tests show increased levels of petroleum products in the water.

Kamchatka is a large peninsula, in Russia's far East, which juts out into the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk. 

The first signs that something was wrong at the picturesque Khalaktyr beach, a popular tourist and surfing spot, became apparent when people started to develop symptoms after taking a dive in the ocean. “For weeks now, all surfers have been experiencing eye problems after coming back from the water,” Yekaterina Dyba, an administrator at a local surf school, wrote on social media on Thursday. 

AN APOCALYPTIC scenario unfolded in a secretive nuclear city in Russia when hundreds of dead birds suddenly plummeted from the sky and lay scattered on streets. The mysterious mass die-off of crows above a secretive nuclear Russian city has sent the internet into meltdown. A social media frenzy ensued after footage emerged of dead birds suddenly falling from the sky onto the roads below in the city of Balakovo. 

The bizarre incident is currently under official investigation, with some experts tying the mass death to avian flu. However, others have suggested it could be linked to the city's best-known feature - its large nuclear power plant. Footage on social media showed Russian streets littered with hundreds of birds' corpses. The local Saratov veterinary department has started an investigation into the bizarre phenomenon up the investigation.

As wildfires roared from California to Colorado killing all wildlife in its path and a historic cold snap rushed through the Rocky Mountain region earlier this month, a strange thing started happening: Huge numbers of migratory birds began dropping dead. Normally, birds don't just die in plain sight. But the winged creatures are being found on bike paths and roads, hiking trails and driveways as if they plopped down from the sky. So what's going on?

Researchers are scrambling to explain why hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of birds, are suddenly being found dead across wide swaths of New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas in recent weeks - an event that could be one of the region's largest bird die-offs in recent memory. 

The whale stranding on the Tasmanian coast is now the largest recorded in the state's history, authorities say as another 200 whales were discovered on Wednesday leaving almost 500 pilot whales stranded. I must say in my 12 years of reporting mass whale strandings I have never reported any total anywhere near this number, it is an absolute astonishing stranding!

With time running out to save them, attention will soon turn to removal and disposal About 270 whales were discovered in Macquarie Harbour on Monday, with a further 200 found this morning. Rescuers say it appears most of the whales discovered this morning, about 7 to 10 kilometres south of the original rescue site near Strahan, have already died. 
Nearly 300 whales are stranded off the coast of Tasmania with at least 25 whales are thought to have already died as conservationists begin a huge rescue operation at Macquarie Heads off the coast of Tasmania. The mission is due to begin early on Tuesday morning to release approximately 270 whales which have become stuck on two sandbanks and a beach. This unusual event is not unprecedented in this region as a similar number of whales were stranded nearby around a decade ago.
351 sea turtles have washed up dead on the same coastline as mass sea lion beaching  The main reason behind the deaths is thought to be the use of nets and line fishing around this area of the coast.

351 loggerhead sea turtles have been found dead on the same stretch of coastline where 137 sea lions were found deceased earlier this month. TBW  The loggerhead sea turtles and sea lions were found on the Baja California coast, in northwestern Mexico. The Mexican Centre for Environmental Law and the Centre for Biological Diversity have both said the death of the sea turtles highlights the need for net and line fishing to be banned in this area of the Pacific coast. 
A mystery is developing into the deaths of hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of dead migratory birds dying around the White Sands Missile Range and White Sands National Monument, according to Martha Desmond, a professor at the university's department of fish, wildlife and conservation ecology. 

What was first believed to be an isolated incident turned out to be a much more serious problem when hundreds more dead birds were found in regions across the state. including Doña Ana County, Jemez Pueblo, Roswell and Socorro. "It's just terrible," Desmond told CNN. "The number is in the six figures. Just by looking at the scope of what we're seeing, we know this is a very large event, hundreds of thousands and maybe even millions of dead birds, and we're looking at the higher end of that."


Baja California Sur, Mexico; The Bermuda Triangle of dead marine life; Mexican authorities are investigating after 137 dead sea lions washed up on a beach with no sign of how they died. The country's office for environmental protection has said the animals do not have injuries from getting caught up in fishing nets or lines.
Mexican authorities are investigating after 137 dead sea lions washed up on a beach with no sign of how they died. The country's office for environmental protection has said the animals do not have injuries from getting caught up in fishing nets or lines. There are also no marks on their bodies from possible collisions with boats.

Both scenarios are common causes of sea lion deaths or injuries. The environmental protection office said tissue samples had been collected from some of the bodies for analysis to determine how the animals died.
Back in 2015, 200,000 wild saiga antelopes collapsed and died suddenly in Kazakhstan from a bacterial infection, more than two-thirds of the entire global population, NB, Covid-19, African Swine Fever and Avian Flu are viruses, not bacterial. Scientists found that there were unusually warm temperatures and high humidity in the days leading up to the wildlife deaths. The same was found for two previous mass die-offs of antelopes in 1981 and 1988, when 400,000 died in central Asia, according to Prof Richard Kock of the Royal Veterinary College London. Saying, "The whole thing was really extraordinary," he said. "It's very very likely to happen again."
And it has, during May and early June 2020, researchers have discovered more than half of the country's herd, around 130,000 have died. The extent and speed are really unheard of according to veterinarian Steffen Zuther who believes bacteria is to blame for the death of the saigas.


Here we go again: A mystery is unfolding in Botswana: More than 350 elephant carcasses have been found in the Okavango Delta since the start of May and no one knows why the animals are dying
An unprecedented number of dead elephant deaths have been seen in Botswana in recent months. More than 350 elephant carcasses have been found in the Okavango Delta since the start of May and no one knows why the animals are dying, with lab results on samples still weeks away, according to the government.

 Dr McCann, of the UK-based charity National Park Rescue, told the BBC local conservationists first alerted the government in early May after they undertook a flight over the delta. "They spotted 169 in a three-hour flight," he said. "To be able to see and count that many in a three-hour flight were extraordinary. "A month later, further investigations identified many more carcasses, bringing the total to over 350." "This is totally unprecedented in terms of numbers of elephants dying in a single event unrelated to drought," he added.


What happened to empathy? Horrific torture being used to cull billions of animals as Covid-19 intensifies: The cruellest, cheapest of ways which include mass slow suffocation, buried alive, grinding or gassing and burning alive
The Coronavirus outbreak has thrown a wrench into the world economy bringing the world's richest countries to their knees and dragging down global growth with it which means thousands of farms are going bust. Around the world, millions upon millions of farm animals are being culled as the worlds food supply chain chokes.

Before the coronavirus arrived, the abuse and killing of cattle, pigs, sheep and birds were happening each second of every minute of every day of every year, not only in China but in most countries around the world. As the coronavirus continues to tighten its grip around the world the mass culling of animals in the cruellest, cheapest of ways which include mass slow suffocation, buried alive, grinding or gassing and burning alive.

The first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza to occur in the United States since 2017 killed a flock of 34,160 commercial turkeys in South Carolina
Turkeys, credit Wikipedia

At a time of great distress around the world from a vicious, nasty coronavirus, another killer appears in the US for the first time since 2017...
34,160 turkeys lost in South Carolina avian flu case.
Nearly 1,600 birds died from the virus while the others in the flock were culled. The first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza to occur in the United States since 2017 affected a flock of 34,160 commercial turkeys in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, according to a World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) report. The case reported earlier by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)…

Thousands of blue tits have been found sick or dead in Germany with symptoms of the diseased birds including breathing problems, (pneumonia) no longer taking food
Thousands of blue tits have been found sick or dead in Germany, prompting an investigation by conservation groups and scientists. The tiny blue tit is a common bird found across Europe and the UK.

The blue tit is found across Europe and is one of the most common visitors to UK gardens. They eat insects, caterpillars, seeds and nuts and can be spotted all year round in the UK. According to NABU, (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union) symptoms of the diseased birds include breathing problems, (pneumonia) no longer taking food and making no attempt to escape when approached by people.



It's happening again! A new mystery is unfolding in Nova Scotia as hundreds of dead seals, some headless are washing up on its beaches: The mystery began in Nov 2016 when tens of thousands of herring and other species died
It's happening again! Hundreds of dead seals are washing ashore in Nova Scotia, some headless or with flesh missing from the head??? 'This does happen occasionally, depending on the year', (Marine Animal Response Society)...Yes, it does but only in Nova Scotia, this is indeed very mysterious and something I have been monitoring on The Big Wobble since November 2016 when tens of thousands, many damaged of dead herring kept washing ashore along the rocky beaches of western Nova Scotia, prompting a retired scientist to enlist the help of local naturalists and bird watchers as he continues to gather data about the mysterious phenomenon. 

Climate changing due to the Sun and not carbon dioxide: Sea and Surface Temperatures, Major Earthquakes, Volcano Eruptions, Droughts, Extreme Temperatures, Famine, Flooding, Wildfires and Cyclones suddenly intensified in the late 50s!
Weather changes constantly, scientists tell us our climate changes in repeated cycles and these changes can provide big changes for people living on earth. There is no doubt, our climate is changing, it's getting warmer, it's also getting colder and wetter in many places and dryer in others but is it man causing climate change or is it something else?

Around 200 BC and 600 AD, there was Roman warming. Around AD 440 and 900, Dark Ages cooling. Around 900 to 1300, we had Medieval warming. Followed by "The Little Ice-Age," 1300 to 1850, phases 1 and 2. Around 1850 to present is the modern warming.

Animal Die-Offs
40 days Into 2020 and already, untold billions of species have died due to man, disease and pollution: The true story will never be known because 99% of the carnage never gets reported
We are just 40 days into 2020 and the world is in the grip of a global coronavirus threat which could out-kill the Spanish Flu epidemic which started back in 1918 and killed between 50 to 100 million people. Them numbers are minuscule to the billions of animals which have died in the first 40 days of 2020.
Below is a "small" list, showing deaths of animals killed by disease, pollution or man in the first month and a half of 2020 and let me tell you, I have hardly scratched the surface,  many millions of more deaths don't get reported. As for marine life, most of the dead sink to the bottom, or the birds, die out at sea, so you see, below is just a tiny per cent of the real carnage

'Australia should be ashamed' After a plantation was logged in December, reports of hundreds of starving dead or dying koalas: "People witnessed the bulldozing of many dead koalas into slash piles,"
After the loss of more than a billion animals during the unprecedented bushfires in January with tens of thousands of vulnerable numbered koalas among then. Australia then shocked many people by euthanising 10,000 camels to save water in drought infested areas. Now dozens of koalas have been found dead or injured at a timber plantation in the Australian state of Victoria, sparking an investigation by officials. 
According to the BBC, bluegum trees - an important koala habitat - were harvested from a plantation in December, leaving only a few isolated stands of trees. Some koalas had starved to death in the remaining trees. Others were apparently killed by bulldozers. Friends of the Earth Australia said.

Hundreds of thousands of dead fish (as far as the eye can see) wash up on Spanish beaches after the breakage of facilities in a fish farm during this week's incredible Storm Gloria
Dead fish on the beach of Xeraco after the storm of the sea / Ajuntament de Xeraco
The beach of Xeraco and part of the l'Auir in Gandia have woken up to the gruesome site of hundreds of thousands of dead fish. Everything seems to indicate that the fish have reached the coast of the Safor after the breakage of the facilities of a fish farm in Sagunto. The first effects of this break were noted a few days ago in Perellonet Beach, and now we have the same image in Xeraco. 
The fish that have appeared dead in Xeraco belong to several commercial species such as sea bass, sea bass or sea bream, and even a dolphin calf.
Floods and hail have worsened the damage in the Region of Valencia with Storm Gloria translating into a series of extremely severe climatic accidents that are having a huge impact on the farming industry, seasonal vegetables and agricultural infrastructure, as reported by the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers.

Pig Crisis: African swine fever escalating in Europe: Bulgaria plans to slaughter 24,500 pigs after 140,000 pigs were culled there last year: Hundreds of millions culled in Asia 2019
A report in November 2019 revealed there is not enough pork in the world’ to deal with China’s demand for meat. Hundreds of millions of pigs, 40% of the total have died or have been culled from swine fever, and the prices are soaring. A report by the Guardian claimed, since August 2018, when China notified the World Organisation for Animal Health that ASF (swine fever) was in the country, the disease has spread with extraordinary speed. Some 40% of Chinese pigs – hundreds of millions of animals – have now been lost, and the result has been a chronic shortage of pork and rocketing prices. 

The Portuguese Man O’ War, continues to wash ashore in unprecedented numbers along the beaches of Trinidad and Tobago: Jellyfish are fast becoming the “NEW KINGS OF THE OCEAN,”
What comes out of the ocean will inevitably show the health of the ocean it came from.
Jellyfish are taking over, fast becoming the “NEW KINGS OF THE OCEAN,” The rapid growth over the last few decades of these creatures is a sign of the planet's deteriorating marine health Jellyfish are thriving because their predators are dead. Reports of Jellyfish invasions are commonplace worldwide these days.
The Portuguese Man O’ War, continues to wash ashore in unprecedented numbers along the beaches on Trinidad east and north coasts. These organisms classified by the Institute of Marine Affairs as a dangerous marine creature, are known as a siphonophore.


Animal Die-Offs 2019

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Please cover the insect die off... a base of the food chain for birds, animals, fish, and yes... us

Anonymous said...

‘Insect apocalypse’ poses risk to all life on Earth, conservationists warn
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Report claims 400,000 insect species face extinction amid heavy use of pesticides
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/13/insect-apocalypse-poses-risk-to-all-life-on-earth-conservationists-warn