Almost 200 pilot whales became stuck on Farewell Spit in Golden Bay, prompting nearly 100 volunteers to help refloat them
22 long-finned pilot whales have died after coming ashore on the Manon beach, north of La Coruna, Galicia today. Conservationists and authorities battled to save the animals, and now a mystery surrounds why they beached in the first place
More than 120 dead dolphins have washed up dead along the East Coast this summer. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service say the culprit could be morbillivirus, an infectious pathogen.
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.
By JEFF BARNARD
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Millions of krill – a tiny shrimp-like animal that is a cornerstone of the ocean food web – have been washing up on beaches in Southern Oregon and Northern California for the past few weeks.
Scientists are not sure why.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oceanographer Bill Peterson says they may have been blown into the surf by strong winds while mating near the surface, and then been dashed on the beach.
Commentary By Gordon King
I just have to put my two cents in on this issue. Many people may read this and say, so what! Animals die off all of the time. They don’t die off in the numbers we have seen over the past two years! It just has not stopped. It is unrelenting. Masses of animals, birds and fish are dying very frequently and consistently without letting up. I just posted a video by Pastor Paul Begley, Whaaaaaaat? Are you Serious?! Are you Serious?! Regarding dozens of birds flying into buildings and dying. What in the world is going on?! End time signs, that’s what. Read on and God Bless!
Thousands of animals have been mysteriously dying in China over the past few weeks, with 410 pigs, 122 dogs, and other domestic animals in Dongtun village, Henan Province, added to the list on Monday.
Dead dogs were reported to be piled on the sides of the streets, and residents said many of the surviving animals are ill. Numerous cats died, and even dead rats were found.
“There are more than 300 pigs on my pig farm; nearly 200 died, and the rest are dying,” said a villager called Mr. Song, according to a report by the Dahe Daily.
Local authorities are investigating the cause of the deaths, and tests have ruled out the new H7N9 bird flu virus, which has reportedly infected 77 people and killed 16 to date.
Instead, locals suspect that the deaths are due to noxious fumes from a nearby chemical plant. The plant has temporarily stopped production, although officials said air quality tests had not revealed any dangerous chemicals.
“There is always a smell, but this morning it was unbearably strong and repulsive,” a local resident told the Dahe Daily.
The plant makes pharmaceutical products, and has been in operation for over 10 years. Residents have repeatedly complained about the environmental pollution, but without results.
In the past two years, the emissions got worse and many locals have been suffering physical symptoms. “The gas makes people feel dizzy, and hurts our throats. Many people in the village died of cancer between the ages of 30 and 50” a resident said, according to the Daily.
A reporter with Henan Business Daily said he saw a dozen walnut trees next to a pig farm with darkened wilting leaves, and a lot of the local residents had swollen throats.
A security guard at the chemical plant stopped the reporter from entering. He had apparently received an order from upper management, and said, “The unreal reports by the media had damaged the factory’s credibility.”
A Weibo blogger said: “410 pigs died overnight, 122 dogs died for no reason, the birds fell down while they were flying, the hedgehogs just stopped crawling … and the factory claimed that the unreal reports damaged its reputation …”
Another joked: “The tests did not find any harmful chemicals in air samples from the village, so the animals died of being investigated for corruption?”
The carcasses are being disposed of in a remote area by burying them in a deep pit sprayed with lime.
Other recent mass animal deaths in China include 16,000 pig carcasses dumped in Shanghai’s Huangpu River, hundreds of pounds of dead fish in Shanghai and Beijing, and dead wild birds in Jiangsu, Hubei, and Sichuan provinces.