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

December 20, 2013 Comments off

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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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…

And there shall be signs in the Sun, Moon, and Stars – 2012

March 1, 2012 Comments off

Luke 12:56 (KJV) Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?

MATTHEW 24-8 (KJV) All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Repent of your sins and come to Christ, the Kingdom of God is near!!!

Fears for lambing season as deadly virus arrives in West

February 27, 2012 Comments off

thisissomerset

A deadly virus sweeping across Europe which could be ‘a catastrophe’ for the farming industry has reached the West, Government scientists revealed last night.

The Schmallenberg virus causes stillbirths and birth defects in sheep, goats and cattle and is so new there is no treatment and no cure.

Yesterday, the Government’s vet agency confirmed that the first case has been reported in Wiltshire, leading to fears that this year’s lambing season could be badly hit.

The chairman of the NFU’s livestock board, Alistair Mackintosh, said the virus, which is named after the German town where it was first spotted and discovered only last year, has “the potential to become a catastrophe in the UK”.

It is believed to be spread by midges and is not thought to be a danger to humans, but farmers have little or no defence against it for their livestock. After the first cases last year in Germany, it quickly spread to 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…