Thursday, November 1, 2018

2018 - OCT - Animal Die-Offs

2018-10-01 - Critically endangered Maui's dolphin found dead on beach near coastal Te Akau (New Zealand):

Quote: "Less than 100 of the critically endangered species are left and its death has been met with sadness by the Department of Conservation (DOC) staff and iwi."

2018-10-01 - Dog suddenly sickens and dies after swimming at Chris Greene Lake (Virginia):

2018-10-01 - Six more manatees die in coastal Sarasota County (Florida):

2018-10-02 - Minke whale washes ashore dead at beach in coastal Marshfield (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Another minke whale washed up dead on the Marshfield shore Tuesday morning, adding to what officials with the New England Aquarium say has been an 'exceptional' year of minke whale die-offs."

2018-10-02 - Fish dying in the Pecos River in northern New Mexico:

2018-10-02 - Carp dying in Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake (Kentucky):

2018-10-04 - Vast number of fish wash up dead along river in coastal Hatay Province (Turkey):

2018-10-04 - Hundreds of fish found dead in the Zêzere River in Barco (Portugal):

2018-10-05 - Hundreds of birds found dead in Mokotów, Warsaw (Poland), near the Vistula River:,Hundreds-of-birds-found-dead-in-Warsaw

2018-10-05 - Sperm whale calf washes ashore and dies in coastal Flagler Beach (Florida):

2018-10-05 - Fish and snails bubble up dead in Madiwala Lake in Bengaluru (India):

Quote: "Earlier there have been reports of dwindling number of migratory birds around the lake."

2018-10-06 - Minke whale strands and dies in coastal Wellfleet (Massachusetts):

2018-10-06 - 23 lions mysteriously die in Gir National Park in coastal Gujarat (India):

Quote: "It does seem likely that a huge smoke-screen is being created around the death of lions, so that no single conclusion could be drawn about. The old and often-tried 'if you can’t convince them, confuse them' dictum could well be at play here."

2018-10-07 - Pygmy sperm whale washes ashore dead at coastal Ruapuke Beach (New Zealand):

2018-10-07 - Thousands of fish found dead in coastal Moorings Bay (Florida):

Quote: "Hundreds of rotting fish carcasses washed into Moorings Bay on Sunday and were still there Monday afternoon, but no one knows what killed them - or when they'll go away."

2018-10-07 - Hundreds of fish strand and die in coastal Gwithian (Britain):

Quote: "Hundreds of fish have been founded stranded on a beach in Cornwall. The small sprat fish were discovered thrashing about in shallow pools of water on Gwithian beach, near Hayle, by dog walker Jill Clark. It is the third incident of stranded fish at beaches in Cornwall in less than three weeks."

2018-10-07 - Red tide bloom now killing sea life from the Gulf of Mexico to Fort Lauderdale (Florida):

2018-10-14 - Horse has 'medical issue' at beach, collapses into the water and dies, in coastal Fairfield (Connecticut):

Quote: "Police said a medical condition led to the death of a horse on a private beach Sunday. 'Boston,' a 17-year-old horse belonging to a Norwalk resident, was wading in shallow water near 1235 Fairfield Beach Road when it had an unknown medical issue and collapsed in the water."

Note: Same as all the people having 'medical events' and dying in, on or near bodies of water...

2018-10-14 - Critically endangered North Atlantic right whale found dead east of Nantucket (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Scientists have linked a decline in the right whale population that began in 2010, when the peak was 481, with the unusually fast warming of the Gulf of Maine, according to a September technical memo from the Fisheries Service."

Quote: "Right whales number no more than 450. About 4 percent of the animal’s population died in 2017. No new calves were spotted this year."

2018-10-15 - 'Very scary' and 'hyperalarming' study shows massive insect loss, cause unknown:

Quote: "In 2014, an international team of biologists estimated that, in the past 35 years, the abundance of invertebrates such as beetles and bees had decreased by 45 percent. In places where long-term insect data are available, mainly in Europe, insect numbers are plummeting. A study last year showed a 76 percent decrease in flying insects in the past few decades in German nature preserves. The latest report, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that this startling loss of insect abundance extends to the Americas. The study's authors implicate climate change in the loss of tropical invertebrates. 'This study in PNAS is a real wake-up call - a clarion call - that the phenomenon could be much, much bigger, and across many more ecosystems,' said David Wagner, an expert in invertebrate conservation at the University of Connecticut who was not involved with this research. He added: 'This is one of the most disturbing articles I have ever read.'"

Quote: "The study authors also trapped anole lizards, which eat arthropods, in the rain forest. They compared these numbers with counts from the 1970s. Anole biomass dropped by more than 30 percent. Some anole species have altogether disappeared from the interior forest. Insect-eating frogs and birds plummeted, too. Another research team used mist nets to capture birds in 1990, and again in 2005. Captures fell by about 50 percent. Garcia and Lister analyzed the data with an eye on the insectivores. The ruddy quail dove, which eats fruits and seeds, had no population change. A brilliant green bird called the Puerto Rican tody, which eats bugs almost exclusively, diminished by 90 percent. The food web appears to have been obliterated from the bottom."

Note: Lots of unknown 'rotten egg' odor events around the world, and the number of such events has been escalating. There's nothing else that that could be but hydrogen sulfide, now blowing around randomly in the atmosphere and pervading the environment. Hydrogen sulfide is a neurotoxin and so are bug sprays. Bugs are also low in mass, so it doesn't take much poison to kill them off. So they're getting poisoned out of existence, and the stuff that eats bugs is then dying off too, from starvation, and probably somewhat by poisoning as well. This same thing happened in the Permian-Triassic extinction event - that was one of the very few extinction events where even insects took a significant hit. Since the current ongoing extinction event is a repeat of the Permian-Triassic extinction event, it would actually be a little strange if insects WEREN'T taking a hit, but obviously they are.

Also, notice that it's not just bees dying off, nor just insects dying off in agricultural areas, but all insects, everywhere that we have looked. That means that 'whatever' is affecting insects is something that hits all areas of the planet. That's the atmosphere. The insects may be taking some damage from the higher UV levels from the whitening Sun too, but that wouldn't (yet) be enough to cause widespread insect die-off like we're seeing. So I am quite sure that the spread of unexplained 'rotten egg' odor incidents - concurrent with the seemingly rapid escalation in the die-off of insects - is at least the primary underlying cause of this planetary insect decline. This will probably continue to mystify scientists for a while though, because hydrogen sulfide doesn't stick around long - it kills stuff then blows onward or gets reacted away, leaving behind just dead bodies, insect, human or otherwise.

This sort of seems like an introductory scene in an end-of-the-world novel, where scientists start realizing the world is coming to an end when they start noticing the insects disappear. Except it's not a novel and our actual scientists probably aren't that smart, but it is indeed a sign - ANOTHER sign - of the end of the world.

2018-10-15 - Ducks and geese dropping dead in lake at Victoria Park in Smethwick (Britain):

Quote: "Dozens of ducks and geese are dropping dead in a ‘hazardous’ lake in Smethwick."

Quote: "Canada geese, mallard ducks, a heron and a coot have all been found dead in the lake at Victoria Park over the last few months. It is not yet known what may have caused the bird’s deaths, but they have been sent off for testing at Natural England."

2018-10-15 - Red tide continues wiping out sea life along most of Florida's coastline, Michael didn't solve the problem:

2018-10-16 - Hares dying from unknown cause around Bungay, Diss and Thetford (Britain):

Quote: "During the past month, landowners, farmers, dog-walkers and householders have reported seeing sick and dead hares in areas around Bungay, Diss and Thetford. Despite laboratory analysis of the carcasses, animal health experts have so far been unable to establish what is causing the deaths."

Quote: "There was another report from a couple near Diss who had a hare dying in their garden. It ended up having quite dramatic convulsions, and it was very distressing."

2018-10-16 - Four deep water whales wash ashore dead in the Shetland Islands (Scotland):

Quote: "Four deep water whales have washed up on various shores across Shetland over the last few weeks, raising concerns that they may be linked with the deaths of over 80 whales washed up on the west coast of Scotland and Ireland during August and September."

2018-10-16 - Fish dying in river in Barbuelva (Norway):

2018-10-16 - Large number of fish found dead in the water in Liuzhou (China):

2018-10-16 - Thousands of fish bubble up dead in lagoon in Metapan (El Salvador):

2018-10-17 - Dozens of water birds found dead in lake in Puerto del Rosario (Spain):

2018-10-17 - Dwarf sperm whale washes ashore dead near Crescent Beach in Southern St. Johns County (Florida):

Quote: "'It showed no signs of trauma or injury, at least from an outward exam,' Biedenbach said."

2018-10-17 - Thousands of fish wash ashore dead in coastal Bengkulu (Indonesia):

2018-10-17 - Large number of fish found dead in lake at Goukamma Nature Reserve (South Africa):

2018-10-18 - Thousands of fish found dead in Bayou Desiard in Monroe (Louisiana):

2018-10-19 - Fin whale washes ashore dead in coastal Provincetown (Massachusetts):

2018-10-23 - Bryde's whale washes ashore dead near Cape Town (South Africa):

2018-10-24 - Fish found dead in pond near Cannock (Britain):

2018-10-25 - Fin whale found dead in the water near De Haan (Belgium):

2018-10-28 - Mountain birds on 'escalator to extinction' as planet warms:

2018-10-29 - Oyster populations at risk as global warming transforms ocean ecosystems:

2018-10-30 - Many fish wash ashore dead at Bathtub Reef Beach in coastal Stuart (Florida):

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