Thousands of jellyfish were found dead on a Texas beach and scientists aren’t sure why… Picture via FacebookThe moon jellyfish have been appearing by the thousands on the Padre Island National Seashore. From a distance, they seem only to be bumps in the sand. Up close, however, the translucent jellyfish with their four pink horseshoe-shaped tissues are easy to spot. Wildlife experts have a couple of ideas about what’s behind the strange phenomenon. Prevailing winds and the water current may be pushing them ashore. That’s the potentially simple explanation. Or, perhaps more complexly, a “broadcast spawning” event months ago could have formed the giant school of jellyfish, officials say. Moon jellyfish reproduce by releasing sperm and eggs into the water, which hatch into a larva that attaches itself to a surface and grows into a polyp, according to Oceana. The polyp asexually produces clones that swim away and eventually turn into jellyfish. “Either way, these jellyfish are mostly harmless but can cause minor skin irritation if handled,” Padre Island National Seashore said in a Facebook post Friday. I the last few weeks, thousand seals are dying in Namibia, the largest whale mass beaching occurred in Tasmania and hundreds of thousands sea creatures died off Kamchatka. The ocean ecosystem is slowly but certainly collapsing… And I am pretty sure some know why! More environmental and Earth Change news on KSAT, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. Now if you are looking for supplements to increase your healthy lifestyle please visit Natural Health Source. Follow us: Facebook and Twitter. By the way you can also support us on Paypal. Please and thank you!
More than 5,000 dead seal pups on beach in Namibia. Picture: Ocean Conservation Namibia The beach at Pelican Point in Namibia is covered with more than 5000 dead baby seals, Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN) said in an Instagram post on Wednesday.Drone footage taken by the OCN shows the beach full of seal pup bodies. “We are sitting at the cusp of a catastrophe. There are literally thousands of seal pups being born prematurely and dying almost immediately,” OCN said. “This is a natural phenomenon – meaning that when the pregnant female feels she does not have enough reserves, she can abort her fetus. This happens every year to a few individuals, but never on this scale!“ Seals give birth in the middle of November, but sometimes you can see prematurely born seal pups in October. Premature seal pups cannot survive. They are too young and not fully developed. According to OCN, there are different reasons for these deaths. The most probable one is starvation; fish might have moved too far away from Pelican Point. “Our seals look a bit thin, it could likely be caused by a lack of food,” they said. “Other seal colonies look much better, the seals are fatter and they don’t record the same amount of premature pups.“ Other reasons could be toxins or diseases. OCN is working with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine resources to collect samples to conduct biopsies and tests. OCN said a tragedy like this had happened before in 1994 when starvation led to the loss of roughly a third of the seal population at Pelican Point in Namibia. This comes a few days after a second sea animal mass dead was discovered in Kamchatka, Russia: We are destroying our Earth and environment! More on Ocean Conservation Namibia, The Animal Reader, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. Now if you are looking for supplements to increase your healthy lifestyle please visit Natural Health Source. Follow us: Facebook and Twitter. By the way you can also support us on Paypal. Please and thank you!
Kamchatka see mass die-off. Picture: Reuters_Dmitry Sharomov Unexplained deaths of sea life are continuing to cause anxiety in Russia’s Far East.On Tuesday, fish, octopuses and crabs were filmed washed ashore hundreds of kilometers away from the spot where the alarm was first raised. A video of the ecological disaster near Ozernovskiy village on Kamchatka’s western coast shows dead marine creatures scattered along a 50-meter-wide area of the beach. The peninsula, some 7,000km east of Moscow, is home to one of the earth’s most pristine environments. The footage is similar to clips that came from Avacha Bay on the opposite eastern coast in late September, when numerous marine life washed ashore. By land, the distance between Ozernovskiy and Avacha Bay is around 250 kilometers. Scientists have flown to the site by helicopter to take samples from the water, and remove soil and animal carcasses for analysis, local authorities said. The Prosecutor’s Office and environmental watchdog Rosprirodnadzor are also sending their people to Ozernovskiy. [embedded content] “We are faced with a large-scale new phenomenon that science has yet to comprehend,“ said Kamchatka’s governor, Vladimir Solodov. The fact that the beaches near Ozernovskiy are clean, according to witnesses, and because of the large distance between the two contamination spots, it is unlikely that the “local man-made facility near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky” is to blame for the disaster, he pointed out. The governor was presumably referring to the Kozelsk chemical landfill, which stands on the river flowing into Avacha Bay. A possible leak from the landfill has been considered among the potential reasons for the death of 95 percent of sea life in the area. It’s believed that it’ll take the fauna up to 15 years to fully recover. Water samples taken from Avacha Bay after the disaster showed that the concentration of phosphates, iron, phenols and ammonium were seven times higher than normal. But a specific agent that caused the contamination couldn’t be established. Russia’s Investigative committee has launched a criminal probe into the incident. [embedded content] According to one Russian scientist, this could be caused by a toxic algae bloom: The mass death of sea creatures in Russia’s Kamchatka region was caused by toxins from microalgae rather than man-made pollution, a senior Russian scientist said on Monday, citing preliminary findings of an investigation. Locals on the volcanic peninsula in the Pacific raised the alarm in September as surfers experienced stinging eyes and sea creatures, including octopuses, seals and sea urchins, were found dead on the shore.A Greenpeace handout photo shows the water near the Khalaktyr beach on the Kamchatka peninsula Conservation activists had raised concern that the source of the pollution could be a Soviet era storage ground for poisonous chemicals on Kamchatka that might have seeped out into the sea. “I am sure that we are facing a large-scale phenomenon, but not an uncommon one for Kamchatka, called harmful blooming algae,” the vice president of Russia’s Academy of Sciences, Andrei Adrianov, told journalists Monday. He said that water samples showed a “high concentration only of Gymnodinium (microalgae)”, which produces “toxins that affect invertebrates”. Adrianov added that the same toxins could have also caused the symptoms experienced by divers and surfers. Last week, scientists said the pollution had formed a 40-kilometre-long (25-mile) slick which has been moving south towards Japan and the disputed Kuril islands. Activists of Russia’s Greenpeace branch have voiced concern that the “situation is not improving” and dead animals continue washing up on beaches. Adrianov, on the other hand, said “nature is regenerating itself and very quickly”. Earlier probe results presented by regional authorities said the local bays showed above-permitted levels of phenol and petroleum products. Locals have been warned to avoid the beaches. Coming just months after a massive oil leak in Siberia, the latest incident sparked a public outcry with a petition calling for an “open investigation” into the events so far garnering over 175,000 signatures. Notably, while human negligence seems to have been involved in that incident, there was also speculation that permafrost melt could also be partly to blame. Meanwhile, Russian investigators have launched a criminal probe over the illegal handling of dangerous substances and “pollution of the marine environment”. Weird that they aren’t thinking about Fukushima radioactivity, no? More animal mass die-offs on RT, Sott, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. Now if you are looking for supplements to increase your healthy lifestyle please visit Natural Health Source. Follow us: Facebook and Twitter. By the way you can also support us on Paypal. Please and thank you!
Denmark begins culling 2½ MILLION minks after coronavirus was found on 63 fur farms Denmark has begun culling at least 2.5 million minks after coronavirus was reported in at least 63 farms in the north of the country.Mink, bred for their silky, luxurious pelts, are particularly susceptible to the deadly virus and research suggests they can transfer Covid-19 to humans. The culling started on Thursday in the village of Gjoel, west of Aalborg, and could last months depending on the spread of the virus. The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration is handling the culling of the infected animals while breeders who have non-infected animals on a farm within five miles (8km) of an infected farm must put them to sleep themselves. Flemming Kure Marker of the DVFA said on Monday: ‘We are moving forward, we are getting it done.’ No figures on how many animals have already been killed have yet been given. Denmark is among the largest mink exporters in the world and produces an estimate 17 million furs per year. It comes after thousands of mink died on Utah fur farms earlier this month. Covid-19 first appeared among Utah mink in August, shortly after farm workers contracted the virus, state veterinarian Dr. Dean Taylor said. At least 8,000 mink died of coronavirus in the a ten-day window starting in late September. [embedded content] It was likely transferred from workers to the animals but Taylor say there are no signs that the minks have infected any humans. According to the US Department of Agriculture, more than 50 animals in the U.S. had tested positive for Covid-19 as of September 2. But mink appear to be particularly susceptible to the coronavirus because of a protein in their lungs – the ACE2 receptor – which binds to the virus. Humans also have the same protein in their lungs. According to Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands, the presence of this protein appears to predict the vulnerability of a species to the virus. Mink were first found to be susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, in April after outbreaks at farms in the Netherlands. Further outbreaks at farms in Denmark and Spain followed. Scientists are still digging into how the Danish minks got infected and if they can spread it to people. Some may have gotten the virus from infected workers. Dutch authorities say some farm workers later caught the virus back from the minks. In August, the Netherlands brought forward the mandatory end of mink farming by three years to 2021 amid a growing number of coronavirus infections at fur farms. In Poland, another large mink fur exporter, the ruling right-wing coalition and the opposition are deeply divided over a new law that would ban fur farms. Opponents say the law will destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of fur farmers. More mink and other animal culling news on DM, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. Now if you are looking for supplements to increase your healthy lifestyle please visit Natural Health Source. Follow us: Facebook and Twitter. By the way you can also support us on Paypal. Please and thank you!
Dead crows falling dead from the sky in Russia. Picture via Probalakovo Residents of Balakovo, Saratov region, witnessed the terrifying moment when dozens of black birds suddenly fell dead on the road over a radius of more than 50 meters.The footage shows dozens of dead crows lying on the roadway and sidewalks. [embedded content] The cause of the death of the birds has not yet been determined. According to officials, there are no traces of bullets or any other traces of violent death. Some eyewitnesses suggest that the birds died because of fireworks, hosted by locals, or electrical wires. Other residents believe the flock was poisoned or the bird mass die-off is link to the ecological disaster going on in the region. Officials say two flocks have collided and are currently analysing dead birds to determine the cause of the mass kill. Meanwhile in New Mexico, USA, thousands of birds are dying off in an unprecedented and baffling mass kill: More information about this mysterious bird mass die-off on ЗroBalakovo.ru, ntv.ru, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. Follow us: Facebook and Twitter. By the way you can also support us on Paypal. Please and thank you! .
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt WhatsApp Hundreds of turtles and sea lions ahve been found dead on the same stretch of beach in Mexico. Picture via Youtube video Environmental groups say a total of 351 loggerhead sea turtles have been found dead so far this year on the same stretch of Baja California coast where authorities found a total of 137 dead, beached sea lions last week. The Mexican Center for Environmental Law and the Center for Biological Diversity said Friday the deaths showed the need for a ban on net and line fishing in the Gulf of Ulloa area off the Pacific coast. Authorities had previously said the sea lions did not show signs of injuries from getting caught up in fishing nets or lines. But the activists said that nets are one of the main causes of sea turtle deaths. [embedded content] The bodies were found along an 80 mile (130km) stretch of coast in the area of Comondu, in Baja California Sur state. More information on KTIV, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. Follow us: Facebook and Twitter. By the way you can also support us on Paypal. Please and thank you! Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt WhatsApp Previous articleHow To Increase Your Concentration Time Next articleWest Coast wildfires continue to rage with 11 states reporting 87 large fires Follow Strange Sounds to discover amazing, weird and unexpected phenomena around the world. Be curious!
‘Hundreds of thousands, if not millions!’ New Mexico sees massive migratory bird deaths. birds mysteriously fall dead from the sky in New Mexico, leaving scientists baffled. Picture: Martha Desmond/New Mexico State University Over the past few weeks, various species of migratory birds are dying in “unprecedented” numbers of unknown causes. And this growing number of birds in southern New Mexico that have mysteriously died have wildlife experts scratching their heads. “It is terribly frightening,” Desmond said. “We’ve never seen anything like this. … We’re losing probably hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of migratory birds.“ In August, large numbers of birds were found dead at White Sands Missile Range and at the White Sands National Monument in what was thought to be an isolated incident, Desmond said. After that, however, came reports of birds behaving strangely and dying in numerous locations in Doña Ana County, Jemez Pueblo, Roswell, Socorro and other locations statewide. The affected birds have included warblers, sparrows, swallows, blackbirds, flycatchers, and the western wood pewee. The biologists noted that the majority of the dying birds are insectivores, but that seed eaters were sickening and dying as well. “A number of these species are already in trouble,” Desmond said. “They are already experiencing huge population declines and then to have a traumatic event like this is – it’s devastating.” Only on Saturday, 300 bird carcasses were discovered at Knox Hall on the university of New Mexico main campus. The day before, residents living around also found birds behaving strangely and gathering in large groups before dying. Dead migratory birds in New Mexico. Picture: Martha Desmond/New Mexico State University “People have been reporting that the birds look sleepy … they’re just really lethargic,” Cutler said. “One thing we’re not seeing is our resident birds mixed in with these dead birds. We have resident birds that live here, some of them migrate and some of them don’t, but we’re not getting birds like roadrunners or quail or doves.” On the other hand, numerous migratory species are dying rapidly and it is not immediately clear why, although the cause appears to be recent. Biologists said the birds had moulted, replacing their feathers in preparation for their flight south, “and you have to be healthy to do that; but somewhere after that, as they initiated their migratory route, they got in trouble.“ The biologists guessed the cause might involve the wildfires ravaging the western U.S. and dry conditions in New Mexico. “They may have been pushed out before they were ready to migrate,” Desmond said. “They have to put on a certain amount of fat for them to be able to survive the migration. These birds migrate at night and they get up in the jet stream, and they might migrate for three nights in succession, they’ll come down and they’ll feed like crazy, put on more fat and go again.” The birds will be sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Ore. for further analysis. “Over 3 billion birds have died since 1970. Insect populations are crashing, and this is just an unprecedented mortality…” What’s new with the new technologies? More information about the mysterious bird deaths in New Mexico on LC-Sun, KOB, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. Follow us: Facebook and Twitter. By the way you can also support us on Paypal. Please and thank you! A growing number of birds in southern New Mexico that have mysteriously died have wildlife experts scratching their heads. “It appears to be an unprecedented and a very large number,” said Martha Desmond, a professor at NMSU’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology. “It’s very difficult to put a finger on exactly what that number is, but I can say it would easily be in the hundreds of thousands of birds.” Desmond is working with a group of wildlife experts from the Bureau of Land Management, NMSU and White Sands Missile Range to get to the bottom of why they’ve been seeing a sudden uptick in deaths. They said one potential reason could be the cold snap that passed through the state last week. “What is odd is the fact that we’re seeing this occur beforehand and we’re seeing it occur since then,” Desmond said. Environmental conditions like droughts could have also played a part in the deaths. “It can be related to some of the drought conditions. It could also be related to the fires in the west. There may have been some damage to these birds in their lungs. It may have pushed them out early when they weren’t ready to migrate,” Desmond said. Other researchers across the state are also exploring different theories because they said this phenomenon is not normal. “On the missile range we might in a week find, get a report of less than half a dozen birds,” said Trish Butler, a wildlife biologist at White Sands Missile Range. “This last week we’ve had a couple hundred, so that really got our attention.” People can help wildlife officials by reporting any groups of dead birds on the iNaturalist app. “If people can, we would ask that they collect the birds, use gloves or a bag to pick it up,” Desmond said. “We don’t advocate touching the birds with their hands. Bag them, double bag them and put them in the freezer.”