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100 DEAD DOLHPINS In Coastal region from Tuscany to Calabria and Sicily

    Scientists believe that more than 100 dolphins washed up dead along the Italian coast were struck down by a killer strain of measles. A total of 101 dolphin carcasses have been counted on the west coast of Italy since the beginning of the year. All are the same species – striped dolphins which have a distinctive blue and white pattern and grow to about eight feet long. They usually live for 50 or 60 years. The bodies have appeared on beaches spanning more than half the western coastline of Italy, from Tuscany to Calabria, as well as the island of Sicily – which suggests that the problem is not caused by humans pollutants such as oil. Instead the deaths are being attributed to a possible outbreak of Morbillivirus, the virus that causes measles in humans, which scientists believe created a gateway for other illnesses among the animals.

    Thirty-five per cent of the corpses tested positive for dolphin measles, Italy’s Ministry for the Environment said. A statement from the ministry read: ‘At the moment the suspected cause of the mass cetacean deaths is measles (morbillivirus delphini) and the bacterium Photobacterium damselae. ‘The deaths could be caused by food shortages which weaken the animal making them more easily exposed to diseases and parasites.’ A similar epidemic decimated Spanish dolphin populations between 2006 and 2008. The current strain has mostly affected young dolphins between the age of 15 and 20, who have not come across the disease before. Animals born after a 1990-92 epidemic are devoid of the antibodies needed to defend them against the disease, scientists said.

    None of the dead dolphins had food in their stomachs, which suggests that they may have starved to death because the virus left them weakened. Overfishing which has left the Mediterranean with sparse reserves of dolphin prey could also be a factor, the government agency said. Striped dolphins feed on small prey including hake, cuttlefish, squid, mackerel and sole, all species subject to intensive fishing. The species is found in all the world’s tropical oceans. They are very sociable, travelling in large pods which can include hundreds of dolphins and are among the most acrobatic breeds. There are thought to be around two million striped dolphins in the world.

BIRDS DYING In Trinidad and Tobago

      The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) believes approximately 150 dead and sick corbeaux found at the Heliport in Chaguaramas may have been feeding on the carcass of an animal which was poisoned. The Veterinary Public Health Unit of the Ministry of Health, the Poultry Surveillance Unit (PSU) of the Ministry of Food Production, the EMA and Forestry Division went to the heliport yesterday to try to determine the cause of the birds’ death. In a telephone interview yesterday, CEO of the EMA Joth Singh said the authority had received reports about the dead and dying birds and had launched an investigation. “We can’t identify an environmental cause as such that they were exposed to,” he reported. “There were 150 birds, we estimated. There was nothing else in the vicinity. We have been liaising with the Poultry Surveillance Unit, which is part of the National Disease Centre, to see if it was a case of the avian flu,” Singh said preliminary tests had shown avian flu had not killed the birds. “That was not the cause and there is speculation that they may have been poisoned, that they were poisoned by an animal or carcass that they ate.

      We are trying to eliminate the causes and we have not found any chemical spills or seen any anywhere,” he said. When a T&T Guardian team visited the area, several of the birds were on the ground while others were still alive but appeared to be unable to fly. One of two lay in the Western Main Road. In a media release, Peter Campbell, corporate communication and public relations officer at the Chaguaramas Development Authority, said the authority was investigating the discovery of more than 100 black vulture carcasses along the eastern end of the heliport. “Following the sightings, the Veterinary Public Health Unit of the Ministry of Health, the Poultry Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Food Production, Environmental Management Authority (EMA) and Forestry Division were all alerted and samples of the carcasses have been taken for testing. We will advise later of the test results,” he said. Public Affairs Officer of the T&T Defence Force Major Al Alexander said, “We are collecting them and have them bagged and insulated in large metal bins. We had EMA and PSU and they did testing. They took samples of the birds to Mt Hope for testing.” Alexander said Fire Services will be on standby to bleach, wash and hose down the area.




    Indonesian authorities have stepped up bird flu monitoring after thousands of poultry have died on Java island in recent months, officials said Wednesday. A strain of the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus was believed to have caused the deaths among poultry in Jakarta and other areas, said Emil Agustiono, the head of the National Zoonosis Committee. “We are investigating whether the source of the outbreak were imported poultry,” he said. “If it came from one source, it will be easier to contain.” “We must remain vigilant and step up biosecurity to prevent its spread.” No humans had been infected by the latest strain detected on Java, said the Health Ministry’s director for disease control, Tjandra Yoga Aditama. He said the same mutation had also been found in Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong.


   Marine biologists are working to uncover what caused several thousand Humboldt squid to wash ashore along the Santa Cruz County shoreline on Sunday. Thousands of squid carcasses are littering the 12 mile stretch of coastline from Aptos to Watsonville, where the high tide may have had something do to with the sea creatures essentially committing mass suicide. The general public is advised by scientists not to touch or eat the squid, as they may contain dangerous toxins. Hanna Rosen, a graduate student at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, told San Francisco’s CBS affiliate that she saw people trying to put the squid back in the sea, only to watch them return to the beach. ‘They don’t see the shore very often,’ Rosen said. ‘So it might just be that they don’t understand what’s going on around them, and they’re just trying to get away and don’t realize that if they swim towards the shore, they’re going to run out of water eventually.’ Scientists from Stanford said the squid were predominantly juveniles as adult Humboldt squid can grow up to six-feet long and 100 pounds. They added that the squid were probably conceived and born in Monterey Bay, but were unable to navigate their way out to open waters.

Tests have shown that the stranded squid were well-fed from feasting on smaller market squid and cannibalizing each other, which is normal behavior for the creatures. Sunday’s phenomenon marks the third squid stranding in the past six weeks, from Santa Cruz to Pacific Grove. Marine biologists are currently analyzing the contents of the animals’ stomachs to see if they ingested something that might have disoriented them. One theory under consideration is that the squid were disorientated after consuming toxic algae.Scientists have found traces of domoic acid, a toxin produced by algae, in some of the beached squid, but the findings are so far inconclusive. Humboldt squid have not been observed in the Monterey Bay waters for a few years, making recent events all the more suspicious. Some scientists attribute the phenomenon to this year’s El Nino weather patterns, which could have attracted them to the cooler climates of Northern and Central California’s coast. Conservation of the Humboldt squid off the coast of California is not a major concern because the squid can reproduce in mass numbers.



   It could be some time before Fisheries authorities know what killed hundreds of fish and crabs in Safety Bay this week but early indications point to low oxygen levels. Hundreds of fish including herring and flounder, blue manner crabs and eels were found dead over several days on the beach near Tern Island and the Bent Street boat ramp. Many concerned readers contacted the Courier over the weekend after spotting the dead marine life. Department of Fisheries spokesman on fish health Paul Hillier said the department had visited the site several times this week, but had been unable to find suitable samples of fish to test – with most too decayed. Mr Hillier said it was too early to confirm what had caused the deaths with water samples also being tested. “From the reports received and observations of the Fisheries officers, it appears that excess weed in the water system has probably depleted the dissolved oxygen, which may have caused the fish kill,” he said. “But the fish health researchers can’t confirm that conclusively until the appropriate testing is completed.”

Australian Beaches Turn Blood Red!! Nov 27, 2012

50,000 dead starfish found on Irish beach


Friday, 6 November 2009

Lissadell Beach, Co Sligo, strewn with dead starfish
Lissadell Beach, Co Sligo, strewn with dead starfish

Extreme weather conditions have killed tens of thousands of starfish and left them strewn across a sheltered beach. A carpet of pink and mauve echinoderms, a family of marine animals, appeared yesterday morning on Lissadell Beach in north Co Sligo. The adult starfish, measuring between 7cm and 20cm in diameter and estimated to be up to 50,000 in number, stretched along 150 metres of the strand. Marine biologist and lecturer at Sligo Institute of Technology Bill Crowe speculated that they had been lifted up by a storm while feeding on mussel beds off shore. “The most likely explanation is that they were feeding on mussels but it is a little strange that none of them were attached to mussels when they were washed in,” he said. He added that if they had died as a result of a so-called ‘red tide’ or algal bloom, other sealife would have been washed ashore with them. “These were almost all adult size and the typical starfish variety that is found in the North Atlantic but there was nothing else mixed in with them,” he said. Surveying the unusual scene, he placed some in a bucket of seawater to test whether they were alive, but while this prompted a slight response from one or two of the creatures, the vast majority were dead. Tim Roderick, District Conservation Officer with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, agreed the phenomenon was most likely caused by recent bad weather. “They turned up almost certainly as a result of an exceptional storm event. “A storm hit the seabed where these sub-tidal animals were and lifted them up and washed them ashore,” he said. A spokesperson for the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government said that investigations were continuing into how they came to be washed ashore but initial indications pointed to the stormy weather, which has been a feature in the north-west in recent days. In a similar episode earlier this year, thousands of dead starfish washed ashore on Youghal Beach in Co Cork. Scientists speculated that they, too, had been thrown on to the beach by an underflow, which was probably caused by a storm at sea.

Source Irish Independent


Ruston Way, Solo Beach and Saltars Point and Pierce County beaches WASHINGTOM STATE : DEAD SHELLFISH

Areas near Ruston Way, Solo Beach and Saltars Point are among the additional Pierce County beaches closed due to high levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison. Unusually high levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) toxins were found in Tacoma’s Commencement Bay shellfish. Toxin levels have been increasing since last reports in August [2012], and more Pierce County beaches have been closed as a result. Recreational shellfish harvesting closures are in effect for all but a small portion of Pierce County beaches. PSP toxins are not visible in the water or in shellfish. Eating shellfish contaminated with PSP toxins can be fatal. The toxins cannot be destroyed by cooking or freezing. PSP toxins can only be detected by laboratory testing. Conditions are changing rapidly and there will likely be more areas closed in the very near future. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has posted signs in impacted areas of the county, including Ruston Way, Dash Point County Park, Brown’s Point Park, Owens Beach, Point Defiance boathouse, Narrows Park, Day Island marina, Wollochet Bay boat launch, Fox Island Bridge, Solo Beach, Saltars Point, and Sunrise Beach County Park warning people to not eat shellfish from these areas. The closure includes clams, oysters, mussels, scallops and other species of mollusks. Crabs and shrimp are not included in the closure. Commercial beaches are sampled separately and commercial products should be safe to eat.


Mounds of dead fish found along northern Mangalore coast have raised concerns among fishermen about the increased marine and coastal pollution as a result of growing industrial activities. “It is not usual to find fish floating near the beach. This is alarming as these are fish varieties that are bottom dwellers and are found in 25-30 metres down from the surface level. This must have something to do with marine pollution or some extraordinary changes in the sea” said Keshav Karkera, a fisherman. According to experts, dead fish do surface on water at times. But this time, most of the dead fish spotted along the coast are bottom dwellers. “They were alive and almost immobile when we found them. They were moving slowly so that we could catch them by hand. Reports of dead fish being spotted have come from different parts of Mangalore taluk including Panambur and Sasihithlu. We have sent messages to fishermen and their associations in other parts of the coast including Karwar and Udupi,” Vasudeva Boloor of Karnataka Fishermen Action Committee said. Experts from the College of Fisheries affiliated to Karnataka Veterinary Animal, Fishery Sciences University, Bidar, rushed to the coast to gather samples, while the officials of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) have started an investigation.

Alarmed by the development, experts from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa, have also started ascertaining the reason for the death of fish. According to NIO authorities, there have been no reports of dead fish being spotted from the northern parts of Karnataka coast . Experts from the College of Fisheries cite three reasons for unexplained mass death of fish. Low oxygen on surface water due to the monsoon, harmful algal bloom in the sea that affects Pelagic fish varieties which are also referred as ‘Red Tide’ and the practice of foreign bull trawlers to dump excess catch back into the sea when they run out of space to store them. Yathish Baikampady, a fisherman, begs to differ. “Since this phenomenon has occurred in the highly industrialised parts of the northern Mangalore coast, we fear that coastal pollution has caused changes in the sea that have led to the death of fish in a large volume. We also want a complete analysis of the industrial discharge into the sea by the KSPCB,” he said.


The normally picturesque Cable Beach in Broome has been lined with hundreds of thousands of rotting jellyfish. Jellyfish are not an uncommon site along Broome beaches, but beach inspector Tim Trew says they have not been seen in such high numbers for years. “On the high water mark there’s literally millions of the things lying there,” he said. “You see waves of them pushing up towards the beach.” They are a relatively harmless type of brown jellyfish that can deliver a sting, but are not fatal. Mr Trew says the large purplish blobs are putting people off swimming. “Some of the tourists are upset they can’t go in the water or can’t enjoy Cable Beach to the fullest and others are just dumb-founded,” he said. It is not known why the jellyfish have washed up in such high numbers this year.

‘Something Really wrong’ with fish die-off along LAKE ERIE



Tens of thousands of rotting fish are lining a 40-kilometre stretch of shoreline along Lake Erie, reports the provincial environment ministry, which is investigating the cause. A spokesperson for the Ontario Ministry of Environment said Tuesday the kill was reported on the weekend. So far it appears the fish may have died from the affects of a naturally occurring lake inversion rather than a spill, but cautioned the investigation is continuing. The question now is which agency is responsible for cleaning up the rotting carcasses of thousands of yellow perch, carp, sheepshead, catfish, big head buffalo and suckers, which kept untold beachgoers from enjoying their Labour Day weekend. “It (the water) was quite putrid really … I had never experienced anything like this,” said Neville Knowles, of London, Ont. and cottager at Rondeau Provincial Park for more than 50 years. The dead fish stretch from west of the fishing village of Port Stanley in Elgin County to the village of Morpeth in Chatham-Kent or just east of Rondeau. “There was a significant number of fish, tens of thousands,” the environment ministry’s Kate Jordan told the Star. Jordan said the ministry officials took fish and water samples for analysis, “but all observations made at the site … did not show anything unusual and we did not see any evidence of … a spill to the lake or man-made pollution … so we are considering natural causes, including a lake inversion.” She explained that an inversion happens when the surface water cools down dramatically, sinks and displaces the bottom layer, which has lower oxygen content. As the bottom layer is displaced, it rises and robs fish of oxygen needed to survive. The phenomenon is also referred to as the lake “rolling over.” Even so, some residents are suspicious just the same that run-off from a large pig operation along the stretch may have caused the fish to die, said Knowles, who quickly added there is nothing to support that position.