Monday, February 1, 2016

2016 - JAN - Animal Die-Offs

2016-01-01 - Hundreds of sea birds dying throughout southcentral Alaska:

2016-01-02 - Fish washing ashore dead at Vanderbilt Beach (Florida):

2016-01-02 - Many fish die in Dong Nai Province (Vietnam):

2016-01-02 - Thousands of fish found dead in the River Kerumutan (Indonesia):

2016-01-03 - Pilot whale washes ashore dead at John's Beach in Benoit's Cove (Canada):

2016-01-04 - Killer whale washes ashore dead on the island of Tiree (Scotland):

Quote: "It is particularly sad to know that another one of these killer whales, unique to the British and Irish Isles has died. There may be as few as eight individuals remaining in this population."

2016-01-04 - Whale shark washes ashore dead at beach on Bukas Grande Island (Philippine Islands):

2016-01-05 - 7800 birds found dead on a bit over one mile of beach in coastal Whittier (Alaska):

Quote: "A recently retired federal biologist doing beach surveys in Whittier over the weekend estimated there were more than 7,800 dead murres along a little over a mile of beach. That's nearly five dead birds per meter of beach, officials say. The scale of the die-off is unprecedented along the Sound, longtime residents say. 'It's just mind-boggling,' said David Janka, a Cordova charter owner who passed along reports of dead birds from there as well as Valdez, Tatitlek and Chenega."

2016-01-06 - Hundreds of birds found dead at El Coyote Dam in CuerĂ¡maro (Mexico):

Quote: "Hundreds of ducks and other migratory birds from the United States and Canada, found dead last few days in El Coyote Dam located in the community of Agua Caliente Cerrito Township CuerĂ¡maro, on the border with Abasolo."

2016-01-06 - Around 100 tons of fish found dead in the Cai River in Dong Nai Province (Vietnam):

2016-01-06 - Minke whale washes ashore dead at beach in Shoebury (Britain):

2016-01-07 - Hundreds of fish found dead in river near Gebeng (Malaysia):

2016-01-07 - Massive number of fish found dead in lake in coastal Marica (Brazil):

2016-01-08 - Sea stars, along with deep-diving birds, dying in Alaska:

Quote: "She counted 118 dead murres and also saw hundreds of dead sea stars. 'It's really bad,' Raymond said. 'It's really depressing. The day we did the 118 murres and all those star fish, I was really upset.'"

Quote: "Almost all the dead birds are murres, seabirds that in the summer swim in huge rafts near Gull Island or offshore. On a still summer evening, huge flocks can be seen flying just feet above the ocean surface. With big, duck-like feet, black backs and white breasts, they look like penguins. On land they're helpless, but on sea they can swim and dive deep."

Note: I was wondering why it was THESE birds specifically, murres, that were dying. They answered the question, more or less. Off the coast of Alaska is one of the many places where scientists have found methane now venting from the sea floor. Around such methane vents, the ancient creatures that eat methane and produce hydrogen sulfide congregate in colonies, bacterial mats. So over time, first methane and then hydrogen sulfide starts dispersing from the ocean floor upwards. So either these birds are diving deep enough to be sickened by gases migrating toward the surface, or whatever they dive for to eat at those depths is already dead, so the birds are starving due to food-chain collapse. The sea stars live on the ocean bottom too...

2016-01-08 - Rare deep-sea ragfish washes ashore dead in coastal Gustavus (Alaska), 4th in the state in 3 years:

Note: Near where the deep-diving murres and sea stars are dying, and another deepwater species...

2016-01-09 - Thousands of fish washing ashore dead in coastal Gulfport (Florida):

2016-01-09 - Many jellyfish washing ashore dead at beaches in West Sussex and Hampshire (Britain):

2016-01-10 - Eels and trout dying at Lake Tutira in coastal Hawke's Bay (New Zealand):

2016-01-10 - Arson K9 dog dies after training exercise in San Bernardino County (California):

2016-01-11 - Whale washes ashore dead at beach in coastal Cascais (Portugal):

2016-01-12 - 45 deep-diving short-finned pilot whales beach and die in coastal Thiruchendur (India):

Quote: "Senior district official Ravi Kumar, who visited Manapadu, said the small fin whales that came to the shore appear disoriented."

Quote: "They are known as the 'cheetahs of the deep' for the high-speed pursuits of squid at depths of hundreds of metres."

2016-01-12 - Two sperm whales wash ashore dead at beach in Wangerooge (Germany):

2016-01-12 - Young sperm whale washes ashore dead at beach in Tweed (Australia):

Note: Sperm whales are also deep-divers...

2016-01-13 - Eleven more deep-diving short-finned pilot whales wash ashore dead in Tamil Nadu (India):

2016-01-13 - Five deep-diving sperm whales wash ashore dead at beach in Texel (Netherlands):

2016-01-13 - Thousands of fish found dead in Guanabara Bay in coastal Rio de Janeiro (Brazil):

2016-01-13 - Hundreds of fish found dead in the Vaal River and Loch Vaal (South Africa):

2016-01-14 - Two more deep-diving sperm whales wash ashore dead at beach in the Netherlands:

Quote: "Two more sperm whales became stranded and died on the Dutch coast a day after five others, likely from the same pod, lost their lives nearby in a rare North Sea beaching, experts said Thursday."

2016-01-14 - Huge number of cuttlefish wash ashore dead at island near Chile:

2016-01-15 - Humpback whale washes ashore dead at beach in Baja California (Mexico):

2016-01-15 - Hundreds of fish found dead in the Klang River in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia):

2016-01-17 - Large numbers of fish found dead in the Nile River in Kafr al-Sheikh Province (Egypt):

2016-01-17 - Young female leopard found dead near drain near Dhanwahi (India):

2016-01-18 - Twelve whales wash ashore dead in a week on coasts in Europe:

Quote: "It’s been a devastating week for the whale population across Northern Europe as 12 whales died on or off the coast of the Dutch island of Texel and the German islands of Wangerooge and Helgoland this week."

2016-01-18 - Large number of fish found dead in the Periyar River in coastal Kochi (India):

2016-01-19 - Large tortoise found dead in Lower Lake in Bhopal (India):

2016-01-20 - Seven gray whales found dead on beaches in Baja California Sur (Mexico):

2016-01-20 - Critically endangered softshell turtle found dead in lake in Hanoi (Vietnam):

Quote: "Thought to be one of only four living Yangtze giant softshell turtles, it was found floating in the Hanoi lake where it lived. Cause of death is unclear."

2016-01-21 - 300 Olive Ridley turtles and a bottlenose dolphin found dead on Puri Beach in Odisha (India):

2016-01-22 - Whale calf washes ashore dead on beach in coastal Marbella (Spain):

Quote: "The whale calf is the latest in a succession of dead or sick marine animals washed up on Marbella beaches."

2016-01-22 - Dogs mysteriously dying after walks near lakes in coastal Snohomish County (Washington):

2016-01-23 - Sperm whale strands and dies in Hunstanton (Britain):

2016-01-24 - Three sperm whales wash ashore dead at beach in Skegness (Britain):

2016-01-25 - Thousands of starfish washing ashore dead at beaches in Port St. Joe (Florida):

Quote: "There's just thousands upon thousands of them. We walked on the beach for maybe a quarter mile, and it was just solid dead starfish."

Note: Starfish are bottom-dwellers, not unlike all the deep-diving whales and squid and fish that have been washing up dead regularly, along with the thousands of diving seabirds found dead on the coast of Alaska in the past month. Hydrogen sulfide and methane are rising from the deep, so creatures that live or hunt in deep waters are dying off hardest and first...

2016-01-26 - Another sperm whale washes ashore dead on beach in Lincolnshire (Britain):

Quote: "A fifth dead whale has been found washed up on the Lincolnshire coast, several miles from four other members of the same pod, marking the worst sperm whale stranding off the English coast since records began in 1913."

2016-01-26 - Large number of fish found dead in the water in coastal Martha's Vineyard (Massachusetts):

2016-01-26 - Thousands of fish found dead in two towns in coastal La Union (Philippine Islands):

2016-01-27 - Young humpback whale washes ashore dead at Kure Beach (North Carolina):

2016-01-27 - Large number of fish found dead in the River Lear near Bailieborough (Ireland):

2016-01-28 - Hundreds of tons of fish die at fish farms in Ha Tinh Province (Vietnam):

2016-01-28 - Hundreds of seagulls found dead at the Sea of Galilee (Israel):

2016-01-29 - Bryde's whale washes ashore dead on beach in coastal Mumbai (India):

2016-01-29 - Fish dying in Lake Tutira (New Zealand):

2016-01-29 - Fish dying in Korogoro Creek in Hat Head (Australia):

2016-01-30 - Sumatran elephant, age 37, found dead at zoo in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

Quote: "Henson said there were no signs of injury, illness or foul play, but Chai’s body was taken for a necropsy (an animal autopsy)."

2016-01-31 - Researchers think Gulf of Alaska seabird die-off is biggest ever recorded, at least 22,000 dead:

2016-01-31 - Large number of fish found dead in the Snake River in Walla Walla County (Washington):

Quote: "Mike Denny, an avid birder and past president of the Blue Mountain Audubon Society, said he’s never seen anything like the numbers of dead fish as well as the flocks flying in to feast on them."

2016-01-31 - Hundreds of fish found dead in the Shing Mun River in coastal Sha Tin (China):

2016-01-31 - 500 camels killed by unknown cause in Marsabit (Kenya):

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