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Birds fall dead from the sky on Aden Road in Nokesville December 19, 2013

December 20, 2013 Comments off
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Clues Sought for Sea Star Die-Off

December 18, 2013 Comments off

scientificamerican.com

Dermasterias imbricata: Biologists are searching for the cause of a mysterious and unprecedented die-off of sea stars along the Pacific coast of North America. Image: Ed Bierman/Flickr

 

In their waterproof orange overalls, Hannah Perlkin and Emily Tucker look like commercial fishermen or storm-ready sailors. But they are biologists on their way to tide pools along a remote stretch of northern California coast. There they are searching for the cause of a mysterious and unprecedented die-off of sea stars along North America’s Pacific shores.

The syndrome took marine scientists by surprise this summer, when sick and dying sea stars — also known as starfish — appeared in a host of locations between Alaska and southern California. Predatory species were the first to succumb, but now the mysterious ailment is appearing in species once thought to be resistant to its effects.

The progression is predictable: white lesions appear on an animal and become infected. Within hours or days the sea star becomes limp, and its arms may fall off. Necrosis Read more…

As Dolphin Deaths Rise, U.S. Declares ‘Unusual Mortality Event’

August 9, 2013 Comments off

huffingtonpost.com
Scientists are working to unravel the cause of a surge in the number of dolphin deaths as a number of stranded mammals have been found beached along East Coast US statesNEW YORK, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Federal scientists investigating an unusually high number of dead bottlenose dolphins washing up on the East Coast said on Thursday the carcasses are showing up at a rate that is seven times higher than usual.

More than 120 dead animals have been discovered since June from New Jersey to Virginia, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service said.

Federal scientists have declared it an “unusual mortality event” and are investigating the cause, said Maggie Mooney-Seus of NOAA Fisheries.

A number of things can cause dolphins to strand, including harmful algal blooms, infectious viruses, injuries due to ship strikes, pollutants and Read more…

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Thousands of dead fish wash ashore in Pawleys Island

January 16, 2013 1 comment

wbtv.com

Courtesy viewer Lisa Mahan
Courtesy viewer Lisa Mahan

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) When you go to the beach you don’t expect to find hundreds of dead fish covering the shore.

Pat Hawkins was heading out to the beach Tuesday morning to enjoy the weather, but when she saw the sea of dead Menhaden fish she was in shock.

Pawleys Island isn’t the first place this week to see the dead Menhaden fish on their shores. DeBordieu Beach had the same issue the day before, according to Chief Michael Fanning of the Pawleys Island Police Department.
Events like this happen from time to time, last year an influx of Star Fish were found on the same beaches, Fanning said.
It may be confusing to the people who live nearby, but Fanning says the state is looking into what may have killed the fish.
Department of Health and Full Article Here

Thousands of Lowood catfish die

September 17, 2012 2 comments

qt.com

DEAD and bloated catfish are washing up on the banks of the Brisbane River in their thousands, leaving scientists searching for an explanation.

The department of heritage and environment are investigating the death of hundreds of fish in the Brisbane River at Lowood.

DEAD and bloated catfish are washing up on the banks of the Brisbane River in their thousands, leaving scientists searching for an explanation.

SeqWater officers were seen scouring the banks of the river just outside the centre of Lowood yesterday, where scaly bodies were scattered along rocky sections of the bank or bobbing belly-up in the steady current.

It is believed hundreds of fish were found dead last week and more were counted yesterday – totalling in the thousands.

The dead fish were found as far upstream as the Lockyer Creek.

Only catfish seem to have been affected, leading to speculation that a virus may be sweeping through fish populations in the river.

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection executive director Andrew Connor said there would be no explanation for the fish Read more…

1,200 dead pelicans wash ashore on beach in Peru

May 8, 2012 Comments off

examiner.com

A child looks on as a dead pelican lies on Cerro Azul beach in Canete, Lima May 6, 2012. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

A child looks on as a dead pelican lies on Cerro Azul beach in Canete, Lima May 6, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Mariana Bazo

It’s that time of year again, that time being whenever it is that unexplained mass animal deaths occur.

Wildlife experts were at a loss in early 2011 to explain the mass bird and fish deaths that seemed to occur with alarming regularity, prompting religious fanatics to proclaim the end of days were upon us. Since that time, many of these phenomena have been explained as effects of bad weather or a reaction to a New Year’s Eve fireworks.

No official word has yet been offered for Read more…

More than hundred dolphins beached in Cape Cod baffle scientists

February 8, 2012 Comments off

digitaljournal.com

Animal rescuers are working to save more than a hundred common dolphins beached off Cape Cod, Mass., since January 12. Marine scientists have been unable to explain the recent pattern of dolphins being washed ashore.

The recent beachings have been described as the largest single-species stranding ever in that part of the U.S. According to Daily Mail, of 116 common dolphins that beached on Cape Cod since January 12, three died on Friday, bringing the total number of deaths to 84. CNN reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had reported that 81 dolphins died at Cape Cod in the series of strandings that began last month. According to ABC News, hundreds of volunteers are working to save the dolphins by releasing them into deep water. CNN says the animals are Read more…