Mystery of the sick and starving sea lion pups: Hundreds rescued from California coast


Note: What’s never mentioned to the public in the official reports, is that planet Earth is going thru a mass extinction event which began in the early 1900’s  when scientists first began recording mass die-offs – before the toxins of the industrial revolution contaminated the environment. We are at the end of an age and about to pass through the Omega point, to begin anew at the Alpha point and the beginning of a new aeon. There is something much bigger unfolding in the unseen realms, something we must hold faith in.

Which isn’t easy when witnessing are beloved friends in the nature kingdom suffering to such a degree. As a lifelong lover and defender of nature, each time I see a mass die-off or entire populations struggling with starvation, it’s ALWAYS very difficult and disturbing to see.

But, deep down I KNOW in my heart of hearts, that behind the veils of illusion a Higher Order is unfolding. In her long history, our Mother Earth has been through several mass extinction events, and each time She transformed the planet into higher realms of diversity and even more complex life forms. I sense that many animal spirits are crossing over to inhabit the New Earth and that all is unfolding with Divine Purpose. It’s important to have faith and trust in the process unfolding before us.

For myself, as a caretaker for our avian sisters and brothers on our aina, on a daily basis I see birds starving in what remains of their old habitats. Which are now covered with roads, malls, airports, shopping centers, gas stations, and houses with well manicured lawns which have eliminated all the seed stock that once fed our fine feathered friends. And, the pesticides and herbicides not only killed, but poisoned their remaining food supply.  So in addition to being more diseased than ever before by a toxic environment, the birds are STARVING to death too.

When I throw seeds for the birds and table scraps for the feral chickens, it always breaks my heart to see their desperation in making their way to the food. We are supposed to be stewards of our home planet, but unfortunately, humanity has done a miserable job at caretaking for the nature kingdom. We’ve been too busy or distracted over the last few decades to pay attention and we trusted the corporate government to be responsible in regulating industrial waste. And this “Let nature take care of itself” mentality coming from city dwellers has been entirely destructive in nature.

Now, that mentality has run it’s course and humans have destroyed the web of life which supported every living species in a delicate balance, as a result of our collective complacency, we are finally witnessing mass extinction and starvation events.  How all of this will resolve itself and what that will look like, is beyond my perception. So I hold faith that we are all Co-Creating a new paradigm that will also bring in the frequency and skills necessary to heal our beautiful planet, so it’s inhabitants may thrive.

Thank God for the star kids, they are truly the Ones who will manifest miraculous healing for our Mother Earth….Blessings, {~A~}

 

Researchers have been left baffled as hundreds of sick and starving sea lion pups continue to wash up on California beaches in what is proving to be a particularly deadly winter for the pinnipeds.

In January, rescuers netted more than 250 frail pups from San Diego to San Francisco Bay, mostly seven-month-olds that should have been nursing with their mothers in the Channel Islands or Mexico.

Although this is the third year of mass die-offs of pups, the 2015 figures are the worst so far. They have even prompted the National Marine Fisheries Service to declare a rare ‘unusual mortality event’.

The reason behind the increasing die-offs is unknown. Many scientists believe warmer-than-average waters are forcing mother sea lions to venture farther out for food, leaving their offspring behind.

Others say the fish the seals eat may be feeding farther from the islands than in the past, leading to the same problem. And some theorize the pups may be suffering from an unidentified disease.

Speaking of the sick pups, Erica Donnelly-Greenan, who manages the Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center’s rescue station, said: ‘They just look very emaciated, very underweight.’

She added: ‘You can see the bones under their skin. You can get a visual of their ribs.’

Dozens of wayward pups have been found at the center, situated along Monterey Bay. The nonprofit responded to 120 pups in the first five or six weeks of 2015, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

It is currently treating the pups – many of which washed ashore weighing just 15 or 16 pounds compared to a healthy 40 pounds – with antibiotics. The sickest are being force-fed with tubes.

‘Our numbers are twice what they were in 2013,’ said David Bard, operations director of the San Pedro center. ‘In 2013, we saw an unprecedented number of rescues, it was a record then.’

Meanwhile, more than 50 malnourished sea lion pups have been placed in a holding pen at Sea World San Diego since the beginning of the year after being rescued on beaches along the city’s coast.

‘When they came in, they couldn’t raise their heads, so to see them start grooming and barking, that means they’re feeling much better, much more themselves,’ Sea World vet Dr. Hendrik Rollens said. ‘They are ready to go back to the wild.’

Because young sea lions typically do not wean off their mothers until they are 10 or 11 months old, they could struggle for survival if left by their mothers while they search farther afield for food.

‘The pups are desperate and starving, so they just jump in the water and swim and get pulled to the coastline,’ said Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary medicine for the Marine Mammal Center.

Speaking to SFGate, she added: ‘This is the third year that we’ve seen these mass die-offs, but this is the worst so far. If this continues, there will be some long-term effects on the sea lion population.’

Justin Viezbicke, stranding network coordinator for NOAA Fisheries, said the population of sea lions might have reached its capacity in the animals’ environment, sparking the mass die-offs.

‘These animals are a puzzle piece for us,’ Mr Viezbicke said. ‘They provide insight into what’s going on in the environment… These things could come back and affect humans.’

Despite the current situation, sea lions in California have been relatively healthy in recent decades, with the population at 300,000 today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says.

In 1972, Marine Mammal Protection Act helped boost the pinnipeds’ numbers by banning hunters from killing the animals for their hide and blubber. NOAA is investigating the mass die-offs.

 

I got a kick out of Mary Greely’s narrative on this story, here’s a reading with an “attiTude” I can agree with.

“Something’s Wrong With The Earth’s Core!” – ‘Trumpets Of Apocalypse’ And Mysterious Booms Across Planet Finally Solved?


January 11, 2015hqdefault.jpgBy Live Free Or Die – All News Pipeline

The mind-opening video below just released by the Josh Tolley YouTube channel/radio show finally helps to explain the HUGE uptick in Earthquakes around the planet, mysterious booms heard in America and elsewhere across the world as well as the mass die-off of birds that have taken the internet by storm; a government whistleblower has come forth and told a reporter that there is SOMETHING WRONG with the Earth’s core!

Reporter Linda Moulton Howe of Earth Files joins Josh in this video that finally helps to explain the ‘Trumpets of Apocalypse’ heard across the entire planet as well as the mysterious ‘loud booms’ that have mystified residents from the East Coast to the West, yet as many YouTube commenters say, can be also easily explained by prophecy.

Warning us that multiple booms and metallic grinding sounds and unusual seismic activity happening now has their origins deep within the Earth’s core and strongly tied to a ‘pole shift’ now occurring deep within,  we learn our planet’s magnetic field is decreasing 10X faster than normal and if Linda’s government whistleblower is correct, 2015 and going forward will be a time for all of the ages.

http://www.allnewspipeline.com/Whistleblower_Earth_Core_Wrong.php

“Earth Has Shifted” – Inuit Elders Issue Warning To NASA And The World


By Susan Duclos

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The Inuits are indigenus people that inhabit the arctic regions of Canada, the United States and Greenland and throughout history their very lives have been dependent on being able to correctly forecast weather…. and they are warning NASA and the world that global warming isn’t the cause of what we are seeing with extreme weather, earthquakes and other events.

The earth has shifted, tilted or as they put it, “wobbled” to the north and they all agree “Their sky has changed!”

The elders maintain the Sun doesn’t rise were it used too, they have longer day light to hunt and the Sun is higher than it used to be and warms up quicker than before. The elders who were interviewed across the north all said the same thing, their sky has changed.

The stars the Sun and the Moon have all changed affecting the temperature, even affecting the way the wind blows, it is becoming increasingly hard to predict the weather, something that is a must on the Arctic.

The elders all agree, they believe the Earth has shifted, wobbled or tilted to the North.

In the first video below I go over an article over at The Big Wobble Almanac and in the videos following that, we see some of the extreme weather events being attributed to this “wobble.”

In the article it states that NASA scientists and experts are “worried” by the information the Inuit Elders are providing for them.

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http://www.allnewspipeline.com/Inuits_Issue_Warning_Earth_Has_Shifted.php

PESTICIDES: Syngenta asks EPA to raise tolerance level for ‘bee-killing’ chemical


Note: Please join me in taking a moment to submit your comments to the EPA on an unacceptable proposal by Syngenta to raise the acceptable limits of bee-killing neonicotinoids by an outrageous 400% on crops like wheat and corn…think about it, that’s an absolutely unacceptable increase in toxins for plants commonly used as ingredients for a majority of consumable products. Enough of an increase to completely collapse the majority of th remaining bee-colony’s…in the last few years, the USA has already lost over 50% of it’s once thriving colony’s.

http://www.epa.gov/oppt/contact.htm
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Greenwire: Friday, September 5, 2014


Seed and crop management company Syngenta Crop Protection LLC has petitioned U.S. EPA to increase the legal tolerance for a neonicotinoid pesticide residue in several crops — in one case increasing the acceptable level by 400 times, according to a notice in today’s Federal Register.Syngenta, one of the biggest manufacturers of pesticides, wants to increase the allowable threshold for residues of thiamethoxam, a pesticide that has been linked to the decline of honeybees and other pollinators over the past several decades.The petition would apply to alfalfa, barley, corn and wheat, both the crop itself and the straw and stover left over after cultivation. Syngenta is seeking to increase the levels from as low as 1.5 times for stover from sweet corn to as much as 400 times for hay from wheat.Neonicotinoid pesticides are one of many factors that scientists say have caused a dramatic decline in pollinators, insects and animals that help crop production by carrying pollen from one plant to another. The United States has lost more than half its managed honeybee colonies in the last 10 years, according to the Pollinator Partnership, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection of pollinators and their ecosystems.

Scientists say neonicotinoids can suppress bees’ immune systems, making them more vulnerable to viruses and bacteria. The Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to phase out neonicotinoids on wildlife refuges nationwide starting in January 2016 (Greenwire, Aug. 1).

Increases in neonicotinoids are especially concerning in forage crops like alfalfa, as bees collect pollen from the blooms, said Aimee Simpson, policy director and staff attorney for the advocacy group Beyond Pesticides.

“Instead of figuring ways to stop or reduce the use, it’s significantly increasing the amount on forage materials and other crops,” Simpson said.

Syngenta is seeking to change the tolerance levels because the company wants to use thiamethoxam as a leaf spray — rather than just a seed treatment — to treat late- to midseason insect pests, said Ann Bryan, a spokeswoman for the company.

Seed treatments are systemic, meaning the insecticide travels through the entire plant, including the pollen, where it can be toxic to bees. But foliar treatments are more likely to stick to the leaf, where risk to pollinators decreases.

“Growers depend on neonicotinoids and other crop protection products to increase crop productivity,” said Bryan in an email. “Syngenta is committed to biodiversity, including thriving pollinators.”

The increased residues could become a problem if farmers are spraying thiamethoxam at a time when alfalfa is blooming, said Reed Johnson, a bee toxicologist and an associate professor of entomology at Ohio State University. But most commercial growers cut alfalfa before it makes flowers and pollen.

Switching from a systemic pesticide to a leaf spray can be a relatively good thing for bees, said Johnson, but if the spray drifts to other flowers nearby, pollinators could be exposed anyway.

“You always have to ask, what else is blooming out there at the time?” said Johnson. “If there’s any flowering at all, you’re going to have an impact.”

EPA is accepting comments on the proposed changes, as well as amended tolerances for several other pesticides, until Oct. 6.

http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060005321

Signs of Change, June 2014


Widespread disaster continue all around the globe as our climate unleashes relentless extremes breaking records and destroying homes and lives..
Freak, rare and extreme weather events has taken place the past month or so….

Thanks for watching and stay safe..

So much more has happen then this video shows because a lot has gone unreported. Please visit my facebook page for much more..
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hawkke…

A thanks to all my sources around the world that share with me daily :)

Signs Of Change The Past Week Or So ~ May 2014



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqKcbDIyKdw

European Agency Warns of Risk to Humans in Pesticides Tied to Bee Deaths


December 24th, 2013

New York Times
By Danny Hakim

nrcs_beesLONDON — European food regulators said on Tuesday that a class of pesticides linked to the deaths of large numbers of honey bees might also harm human health, and they recommended that the European Commission further restrict their use.

The commission, which requested the review, has already taken a tougher stance than regulators in other parts of the world against neonicotinoids, a relatively new nicotine-derived class of pesticide. Earlier this year, some were temporarily banned for use on many flowering crops in Europe that attract honey bees, an action that the pesticides’ makers are opposing in court.

Now European Union regulators say the same class of pesticides “may affect the developing human nervous system” of children. They focused on two specific versions of the pesticide, acetamiprid and imidacloprid, saying they were safe to use only in smaller amounts than currently allowed. Imidacloprid was one of the pesticides placed under a two-year ban this year.

The review was prompted by a Japanese study that raised similar concerns last year.

Imidacloprid is one of the most popular insecticides, and is used in agricultural and consumer products. It was developed by Bayer, the German chemicals giant, and is the active ingredient in products like Bayer Advanced Fruit, Citrus & Vegetable Insect Control, which can be purchased at stores internationally, including Home Depot in the United States.

Acetamiprid is sold by Nisso Chemical, a German branch of a Japanese company, though it was developed with Bayer’s help. It is used in consumer products like Ortho Flower, Fruit & Vegetable Insect Killer.

The action by European regulators could affect the entire category of neonicotinoid pesticides, however.

James Ramsay, a spokesman for the European Food Safety Authority, which conducted the review, said the agency was recommending a mandatory submission of studies related to developmental neurotoxicity “as part of the authorization process in the E.U.”

“We’re advising that all neonicotinoid substances be evaluated as part of this testing strategy, providing that they show a similar toxicological profile to the two substances we’ve assessed in this opinion,” he said.

Research by the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States has also raised concerns about the effect of the pesticides on honey bees, but the agency has not yet seen enough evidence to take action. The E.P.A. did not immediately have a response on Tuesday.

Bayer sharply disputed the European assessment on Tuesday.

“Imidacloprid has no developmental neurotoxicity potential in humans,” Richard Breum, a spokesman for Bayer CropScience, said in a statement. He raised questions about the Japanese research, which he said “reports investigations in rat cell cultures, i.e. in an artificial system.”

“Bayer CropScience has also evaluated the publication and can confirm that few conclusions can be drawn from it,” he added.

Bayer’s stock fell slightly in European trading Tuesday. Bayer, along with two competitors, Syngenta and BASF, is already disputing the existing limited ban on neonicotinoids in the European courts.

A spokesman for Nisso Chemical could not be reached Tuesday evening in Europe.

In a statement, the European Food Safety Authority said it “recognizes the available evidence has limitations and recommends further research be carried out to provide more robust data,” but added that “health concerns raised in the review of the existing data are legitimate.”

The matter now goes before the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union. It will probably take several months before any action is taken, as was the case when the food safety authority recommended action to safeguard bee populations.

Frédéric Vincent, a spokesman for the commission, said the process of reviewing the findings would allow Bayer and Nisso to comment on the recommendation.

Previously, neonicotinoids have been seen by many scientists as a potential culprit in unusually large die-offs of honey bees in North America and Western Europe that were first noticed in 2006. Bayer attributes the deaths to the varroa mite, a parasite that has long been a threat to bees.

But in October, a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal examined how a neonicotinoid made by Bayer “adversely affects the insect immune response and promotes replication of a viral pathogen in honey bees bearing covert infections.”

www.cornucopia.org/2013/12/european-agency-warns-risk-humans-pesticides-tied-bee-deaths/

 

Concerns raised over a number of dead birds in Bahrain


 

Bird lovers in the country are in a shock after hearing reports about increasing number of birds either lying dead or injured on roads, pavements and in parks. They complain that the authorities concerned did not take adequate steps despite seeing a legion of dead birds in many areas including Manama and Adliya. However, the reasons behind mass deaths are unknown.

Speaking to DT News, Bahrain Animal Lovers Society Founder Huda Muhammed urged the residents not to ignore injured birds on roads as timely treatment could save their lives. “I have seen dead birds many times in Adliya near Fuddruckers. The reasons for their death are many. But, mostly it happens out of accidents with birds hitting the windshields of the car,” she pointed out.

“Generally, in Bahrain, people don’t care for injured birds. I think we need to be more compassionate towards this poor living creatures,” she added. Echoing a similar view, Sam Viegas, another bird lover said, “Birds lying dead on roads is a horrific scene to watch. People concerned should investigate the reasons and put an end to this.”

http://www.sott.net/article/270800-Concerns-raised-over-a-number-of-dead-birds-in-Bahrain

 

Oil impact on dolphins


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December 2013: In Louisiana’s Barataria Bay Bottlenose dolphins are five times more likely to suffer from lung damage and adrenal hormone abnormalities than any other dolphin populations as a result of the Deepwater Horizon spill, scientists have discovered.

 

Twenty-nine of the total 32 dolphins sampled in Barataria Bay received comprehensive physical examinations, including ultrasound examinations to assess lung condition and researchers assigned almost half (48 percent) of the dolphins a guarded or worse prognosis. In fact, they classified 17 percent as being in poor or grave condition, meaning the dolphins were not expected to survive.

 

The researchers also found that 25 percent of the Barataria Bay dolphins were significantly underweight and the population overall had very low levels of adrenal hormones, which are critical for responding to stress.

 

These findings are in contrast to dolphins sampled in Sarasota Bay, Florida, an area not oiled by the Deepwater Horizon spill. For Dr. Lori Schwacke, the study’s lead author and veteran of a number of similar dolphin health studies across the southeast, the findings are troubling: “I’ve never seen such a high prevalence of very sick animals — and with unusual conditions such as the adrenal hormone abnormalities.”

 

The study was conducted in August 2011 as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) by a team of government, academic and non-governmental researchers and results were published were published December 2013 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/oil-impact-on-dolphins.html#cr

 

Scientists Report Some Gulf Dolphins Are Gravely Ill


 

View slideshow Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, numerous dolphins were documented encountering oil, such as those in this photo from July 2010.


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December 18, 2013 
Bottlenose dolphins in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay have lung damage and adrenal hormone abnormalities not previously seen in other dolphin populations, according to a new peer-reviewed study published Dec. 18, 2013 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

The Deepwater Horizon spill heavily oiled Barataria Bay. The study was conducted in August 2011 as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) by a team of government, academic and non-governmental researchers. In the NRDA process, federal and state trustee agencies working cooperatively with BP identify potential injuries to natural resources and lost public uses resulting from the spill, along with restoration projects to ensure that the public is fully compensated for its loss.

The publication details the first evidence that dolphins in heavily oiled areas are exhibiting injuries consistent with toxic effects observed in laboratory studies of mammals exposed to petroleum hydrocarbons. The dolphin health study concludes that the health effects seen in the Barataria Bay dolphins are significant and likely will lead to reduced survival and ability to reproduce.

Twenty-nine of the total 32 dolphins sampled in Barataria Bay received comprehensive physical examinations, including ultrasound examinations to assess lung condition. The researchers assigned almost half (48 percent) of the dolphins a guarded or worse prognosis. In fact, they classified 17 percent as being in  poor or grave condition, meaning the dolphins were not expected to survive.

These findings are in contrast to dolphins sampled in Sarasota Bay, Florida, an area not oiled by the Deepwater Horizon spill. For Dr. Lori Schwacke, the study’s lead author and veteran of a number of similar dolphin health studies across the southeast, the findings are troubling: “I’ve never seen such a high prevalence of very sick animals — and with unusual conditions such as the adrenal hormone abnormalities.”

The NRDA researchers found that moderate to severe lung disease was five times more likely in the Barataria Bay dolphins, with symptoms including lung masses and consolidation. The researchers also found that 25 percent of the Barataria Bay dolphins were significantly underweight and the population overall had very low levels of adrenal hormones, which are critical for responding to stress.

The researchers examined alternative hypotheses for the dolphins’ disease conditions, such as exposure to other man-made chemicals that have previously been measured in high concentrations in marine mammals and also associated with impacts on health.  Blubber samples from the Barataria Bay dolphins, however, showed relatively low concentrations for the broad suite of chemicals measured, including PCBs and commonly detected persistent pesticides, as compared to other coastal dolphin populations.

Based on the findings from the 2011 dolphin health study, researchers performed three additional health assessments in 2013 as part of the Deepwater Horizon NRDA. The studies were repeated in Barataria Bay and Sarasota Bay, and also expanded to Mississippi Sound, including both Mississippi and Alabama waters. Results from these more recent health assessments are still pending.

Researchers conducting the NRDA studies are collaborating closely with the team conducting an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) investigation in the northern Gulf of Mexico under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Investigations of this type follow stranding events that are unexpected, involve a significant die-off and demand an immediate response.  The observed increase in the number of dolphin strandings now includes more than 1,050 animals that have stranded along the Gulf Coast from the Texas/Louisiana border through Franklin County, Florida. Ninety-four percent of these animals have stranded dead.

The UME investigation, spanning from February 2010 to present, is the longest UME response since 1992, and includes the greatest number of stranded dolphins in an UME in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Teresa Rowles, lead for the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program and a co-author on the dolphin health publication, indicates that “these dolphin health studies will contribute significant information for both the NRDA and the UME investigation as we compare disease findings in the wild, living dolphins to the pathologies and analyses from the dead animals across the northern Gulf.”

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2013/12/12_18_13gulf_dolphin_study.html

 

Reports: 98% Of Pacific Seafloor Covered In Dead Sea Creatures 145 Miles Off The Coast Of California…


December 13, 2013
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(BIN) — This newly released story from ENENews is mindblowing and shares how quickly since the Fukushima disaster happened that our chain of life in the seas is dying. This information is taken from both National Geographic and the National Academy of Sciences and shares that as of July 1st of 2012, 98% of the studied sea floor 145 miles off the coast of California was covered with dead and decomposing sea creatures. For those who think that 98% is probably a normal study number, only a few months earlier, the same study found less than 1% of the sea floor covered with ‘detritus’.Several up to date video reports below as well including one from kevin blanch who shares that squid are now washing ashore on Santa Cruz beaches as well as well as one from MsMilkytheclown1 who shares more about the deadly quality of the radiation we are now getting from Fukushima..:

National Geographic, Nov. 22, 2013: […] “In the 24 years of this study, the past 2 years have been the biggest amounts of this detritus by far,”  said study leader Christine Huffard, a marine biologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California. […] In March 2012, less than one percent of the seafloor beneath Station M [located 145 miles west of the coast of California between Santa Barbara and Monterey] was covered in dead sea salps. By July 1, more than 98 percent of it was covered in the decomposing organisms, according to the study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. […]  Although climate change is a leading contender for explaining the major increases in 2011 and 2012, Huffard says that these spikes could be part of a longer-term trend that scientists haven’t yet observed. She hopes to continue gathering data from Station M to try and figure it out.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nov. 11, 2013 (emphasis added): […] Two major peaks in POC [particulate organic carbon] flux occurred over the last 18 mo of the time series […] The peak POC flux in spring/summer 2011 was the highest recorded over the 24-y time series (Fig. 1D)  […] The daily presence of detrital aggregates on the sea floor did not exceed 15% coverage over the period from 1990 to 2007. The highest sea-floor coverage by detrital aggregates measured throughout the 24-y time series occurred between March and August 2012, when salp detritus ranged from <1% cover in early March to a high of 98% cover on 1 July (Fig. 1E)

Starfish On The West Coast Are Losing Their Limbs And Turning Into Slime


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This is an article by Reuters I had recently stumbled across. Could the fact that Fukushima is leaking 300 tons of radioactive water in the pacific ocean everyday have anything to do with this?

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Scientists are struggling to find the trigger for a disease that appears to be ravaging starfish in record numbers along the U.S. West Coast, causing the sea creatures to lose their limbs and turn to slime in a matter of days.

Marine biologists and ecologists will launch an extensive survey this week along the coasts of California, Washington state and Oregon to determine the reach and source of the deadly syndrome, known as “star wasting disease.”
“It’s pretty spooky because we don’t have any obvious culprit for the root cause even though we know it’s likely caused by a pathogen,” said Pete Raimondi, chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz’s Long Marine Lab.
Signs of sea star wasting syndrome typically begin with white lesions on the arms of the starfish that spread inward, causing the entire animal to disintegrate in less than a week, according to a report by the Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Starfish have suffered from the syndrome on and off for decades but have usually been reported in small numbers, isolated to Southern California and linked to a rise in seawater temperatures, which is not the case this time, Raimondi said.
Since June, wasting sea stars have been found in dozens of coastal sites ranging from southeast Alaska to Orange County, California, and the mortality rates have been higher than ever seen before, Raimondi said. In one surveyed tide pool in Santa Cruz during the current outbreak, 90 to 95 percent of hundreds of starfish were killed by the disease.
“Their tissue just melts away,” said Melissa Miner, a biologist and researcher with the Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network, a group of government agencies, universities and nonprofits that monitor tidal wildlife and environment along the West Coast.
Miner, based in Washington state, has studied wasting starfish locally and in Alaska since June, when only a few cases had been reported. “It has ballooned into a much bigger issue since then,” she said.
The syndrome primarily affects the mussel-eating Pisaster ochraceus, a large purple and orange starfish, but Raimondi said that at least 10 species of sea stars have shown signs of the disease since June.
If the numbers of Pisaster ochraceus begin to decrease, mussels could crowd the ocean, disrupting biodiversity, he said. He has studied wasting starfish and will aid in the months-long survey of the animals, along with other state and federal researchers.
In addition to on-site sampling, scientists in the coming months will use an interactive map to spot starfish wasting location patterns and help identify a driver for the disease.
Raimondi said he could not estimate, out of the millions of starfish on the West Coast, how many have been affected or could be in the future.
“We’re way at the onset now, so we just don’t know how bad it’s going to get,” he said.
(Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Lisa Shumaker)
This post originally appeared at Reuters.

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Ed. note: IMO this is connected to the mass extinction event that began 100yrs ago, long before Fukushima and industrial toxins. The planet is going thru a dimensional shift, as the process unfolds large numbers of species are crossing over to higher dimensions connected to the New Earth. Radiation and other toxins “may” be a trigger for the mass migration, but it is all part of Earth’s Divine Plan unfolding.

Scientists discover another cause of bee deaths, and it’s really bad news


 

 

Jaymi Heimbuch

July 26, 2013

 

 

So what is with all the dying bees? Scientists have been trying to discover this for years. Meanwhile, bees keep dropping like… well, you know.

Is it mites? Pesticides? Cell phone towers? What is really at the root? Turns out the real issue really scary, because it is more complex and pervasive than thought.

Quartz reports:

Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives, worth $2 billion, over the past six years. Suspects have included pesticides, disease-bearing parasites and poor nutrition. But in a first-of-its-kind study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The findings break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at once.

The researchers behind that study in PLOS ONE — Jeffery S. Pettis, Elinor M. Lichtenberg, Michael Andree, Jennie Stitzinger, Robyn Rose, Dennis vanEngelsdorp — collected pollen from hives on the east coast, including cranberry and watermelon crops, and fed it to healthy bees. Those bees had a serious decline in their ability to resist a parasite that causes Colony Collapse Disorder. The pollen they were fed had an average of nine different pesticides and fungicides, though one sample of pollen contained a deadly brew of 21 different chemicals. Further, the researchers discovered that bees that ate pollen with fungicides were three times more likely to be infected by the parasite.

The discovery means that fungicides, thought harmless to bees, is actually a significant part of Colony Collapse Disorder. And that likely means farmers need a whole new set of regulations about how to use fungicides. While neonicotinoids have been linked to mass bee deaths — the same type of chemical at the heart of the massive bumble bee die off in Oregon — this study opens up an entirely new finding that it is more than one group of pesticides, but a combination of many chemicals, which makes the problem far more complex.

And it is not just the types of chemicals used that need to be considered, but also spraying practices. The bees sampled by the authors foraged not from crops, but almost exclusively from weeds and wildflowers, which means bees are more widely exposed to pesticides than thought.

The authors write, “[M]ore attention must be paid to how honey bees are exposed to pesticides outside of the field in which they are placed. We detected 35 different pesticides in the sampled pollen, and found high fungicide loads. The insecticides esfenvalerate and phosmet were at a concentration higher than their median lethal dose in at least one pollen sample. While fungicides are typically seen as fairly safe for honey bees, we found an increased probability of Nosema infection in bees that consumed pollen with a higher fungicide load. Our results highlight a need for research on sub-lethal effects of fungicides and other chemicals that bees placed in an agricultural setting are exposed to.”

While the overarching issue is simple — chemicals used on crops kill bees — the details of the problem are increasingly more complex, including what can be sprayed, where, how, and when to minimize the negative effects on bees and other pollinators while still assisting in crop production. Right now, scientists are still working on discovering the degree to which bees are affected and by what. It will still likely be a long time before solutions are uncovered and put into place. When economics come into play, an outright halt in spraying anything at all anywhere is simply impossible.

Quartz notes, “Bee populations are so low in the US that it now takes 60% of the country’s surviving colonies just to pollinate one California crop, almonds. And that’s not just a west coast problem—California supplies 80% of the world’s almonds, a market worth $4 billion.”

http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/scientists-discover-another-cause-bee-deaths-and-its-really-bad-news.html

 

Up to 5 million seabirds likely to have died on Australian and New Zealand beaches


 

 

Concerns raised over number of dead birds on Coast beaches

TOO MANY DEAD: A mutton bird washed ashore

Lindsay Dines has been watching dead mutton birds wash in at Teewah for more than a month.

He knows death is part of their migratory fate.

Their long, figure eight of the Pacific that starts in Tasmania, touches the northern hemisphere Aleutian Islands and then California before the long journey home.

But Lindsay fears something more is at play.

The avid fisherman and environmentalist has deep concerns about the numbers dying.

“I’m told that a month ago a count was done by someone – 25,000 between Noosa North Shore and Caloundra,” he said.

“And there are media reports of dead birds extending from Bundaberg to southern coast of Victoria, plus Tasmania and the New Zealand’s west coast – in abnormally large numbers and along all beaches creating great concern in communities all along the coast.

“All birds tested by vets were found to be emaciated and starving.”

Given the range of the death and numbers being reported, Mr Dines fears as many as five million birds may have died.

When conditions are calmer, they seek out baitfish herded to the surface by tuna and other predatory fish.

“Feeding on migration is essential and is totally dependent on there being both predatory fish and baitfish along the migratory path,” Mr Dines said.

“This year has been different to past mass deaths.

“The shearwaters are frantically trying to feed inshore in large numbers before they land on the water in the surf or not far beyond and wash in mostly alive.

“There are insufficient predatory fish present inshore to herd the baitfish for the shearwaters to feed.

“I’ve been watching all seabirds, including shear waters over the last few months constantly searching for food, but they are rarely finding any.”

University of Canberra’s Professor Nick Klomp, now deputy vice-chancellor for education, spent 20 years researching short-tail shearwaters (mutton birds).

He said Mr Dines’ theory might well be true but it needed further research.

Prof Klomp said shearwaters that had successfully completed their annual migration were now laying eggs at their breeding grounds in southern NSW, Victoria and the islands off Tasmania.

He said there was no doubt impact of environmental factors could lead to more deaths than normal.

http://www.sott.net/article/269338-Up-to-5-million-seabirds-likely-to-have-died-on-Australian-and-New-Zealand-beaches

 

 

Scientists looking for answers after hundreds of dead turtles wash ashore


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Scientists believe a neurotoxin produced by algae may be behind the deaths of hundreds of sea turtles, which have washed up dead on beaches across Central America. Source: ThinkStock

 

HUNDREDS of sea turtles are washing up dead on the beaches of Central America and scientists don’t know why.

 

One hypothesis is that the killer is a potent neurotoxin that can be produced by algae during red tides, which are large accumulations of algae that turn sea water red or brown.

What puzzles scientists is the fact that red tides have come and gone before without taking such a deadly toll on turtles.

Making things worse, some of the turtles that are dying are endangered species.

In El Salvador, for instance, from late September to the middle of October, 114 sea turtles were discovered dead on Pacific coast beaches, according to the environment ministry.

They were black turtles (Chelonia agassizii), Olive Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) and ones that are a cross between the two.

 

Scientists throughout Central America are alarmed, and the only laboratory that specialises in turtles is taking tissue and organ samples in a bid to figure out what is going on.

The death toll elsewhere is high – 115 so far this year in Guatemala, 280 in Costa Rica and an undisclosed number in Nicaragua. Another 200 died in late 2012 in Panama.

And in Nicaragua there is yet another problem: the turtles showed up weeks late, at the end of September, to crawl up onto the beach and lay their eggs.

“Some say it could be due to climate change, sea currents or the techniques used by fishermen,” said biologist Ivan Ramirez of the Foundation for the Sustainable Development of Nicaragua (Fundenic).

The head of wildlife and ecosystems at the Salvadoran environment ministry, Nestor Herrera, said the strongest hypothesis over the death of the turtles is that they were killed by saxitoxin – which affects the nervous system and can be produced by a red tide.

In one area of El Salvador’s coast, dogs that started eating dead turtles stopped breathing and died almost instantly.

In 2006, saxitoxin killed about 500 sea turtles in El Salvador, and four years later, another 100 died of the same cause.

However, there is a red tide almost every year, while such widespread turtle deaths have never happened before, said Angel Ibarra, coordinator of Ecological Unity of El Salvador, who added more study is needed to shed light on the phenomenon.

Others worry that the recent spate of turtle deaths can be traced more directly to human activity.

In Guatemala, the National Council of Protected Areas said some turtles are caught up by industrial-size fishing boats that drag nets along the sea bed and capture everything in their path, a process called trawling.

And drift net fishing, in which very long nets float behind a ship and near the surface of the water, could also be a threat to turtles.

Jose Leonidas Gomez, who works with a sea turtle conservation project in El Salvador, said turtles discovered dead on one beach were found not to have eaten, so it is presumed they got caught in nets.

Biologist Fabio Buitrago of Nicaragua’s Fundenic said turtles are also being killed by fishermen who use explosives, among other techniques. “The fishermen themselves say so,” he said.

Antonio Benavides, a veteran turtle conservationist in El Salvador, said protecting the creatures is all the more difficult because the mortality rate for juveniles is already high.

Only one out of a thousand babies that hatch and make it out into the sea ever returns to the beach as an adult to lay eggs.

Fertility is yet another issue: in September scientists in Honduras said turtles on one beach laid 40 per cent fewer eggs.

 

Fukushima: Life with Horses in Evacuation zone


“Soma Nomaoi(Soma wild horse chase)” that has been designated as a significant intangible folk cultural asset was held on 27 to 29 July in Minami Soma city which is located 40 km away from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. There is still evacuation zone in a part of this city. More than 400 horses with people costumed samurai paraded streets and did horse racing. It was originally for training samurai, and it has been handed down for over 1000 years. After the nuclear accident, Nomaoi has been reported on medeia as a symbol of recovery from the disaster. This year more than 160,000 people came to this festival to see the cultural event and to support Fukushima. But recovery in Fukushima has lots of contradiction. Nuclear plant is not under the control and people who are living in contaminated area is still trying decontamination. The problem is still there.
The word “Restoration of Fukushima” has overflown in Japan, but problems are not solved and talking about radiation is a kind of taboo.This photo story focuses on a farmer who provides horses to “Soma Nomaoi.” He is living in an evacuation area.
What does “Recovery” mean to people who are living in Fukushima?
Iitate village with its 6,500 residents was a municipality located about 40km away from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. After the nuclear disester, this village is designated as an evacuation zone, and nobody canʼt get permission to live there due to high contamination.
Hosokawa farm is one of the biggest farms in Iitate village and has been run for more than 100 years. Tokue Hosokawa is the third generation of this farm. He and his daughter Miwa aged 27 train horses to provided them all over Japan for TV commercial, drama, cinema and some festivals which need horses.
A month after the accident, Fukushima prefecture decided to cull domestic animals which were living in the evacuation zone. Animals remained there were not fed. Some became wild and some died of hunger. The reason to cull horses was “hygiene management”.
However, Hosokawa continued to feed his horses going from the place he refuged after the accident. And he fed them so as not to let the prefecture kill his horses. He had about 130 horses in his farm before the accident. And 86 horses evacuated to another place.
About 30 horses have remained in Hosokawa farm because he could’t find a place for them to refuge. He has been continuing to feed them. He and his daughter also helped 752 horses and caws to move from an evacuation zone to a safe place using 2 trucks just after the accident. According to Kyodo news, more than 1300 caws were culled until December 2012.
From the beginning of 2013, 16 horses including foals died in succession for 6 months in Fosokawa Farm. Experts performed an autopsy on a dead body, but they couldn’t find a main cause of their sudden death. Health center of Fukushima took their blood test and inspection, and the result showed that the causes were not infectious desease and parasitic warm. Symptoms were very similar. Once they became unable to walk, they died between several weeks.
This May, he tried to reveal the cause of their sudden death, and he decided to euthanize a horse whose symptom was similar to the other dead horses. And femoral muscle was detected cesium 200 becquerel/ kg by the researcher veterinarian Dr.Hiroyuki Ichikawa. They are studying this data tying to find the effect for their sudden death.
“I could live here thanks to my horses, so I can’t leave here without them. I have lived with horses since I was a child. So horses are my family. I can accept culling, if these horses have infectious desease. But they are fine. This is totally unacceptable. One day, I helped a cow which was pregnant. After evacuating from theMzaoyne2,0a13. calf was born. Unfortunately, his mother died of hunger. But this calf is still alive in another prefecture. I was very happy to help her baby,” he said.
Their most proudly work is to provide horses to intangible cultural asset named “SOMA NOMAOI(Soma wild horse chase)”. He provided about 60 horses to this event before the accident. But this year he provided about 20 horses. He provide horses that is from the other farm. Mainly these horses were trained by Hosokawa once. He couldn’t provide horses from own farm in iitate this year. However some horses that training was not enought were trained in Hosokawa farm.
“There is no future in this village. Only my house that light is going up in the night. Newspaper and mail doesn’t carry to my post. No restaurants and no shops… No people dosen’t come to my house. Only raccoon dog and fox comes to my house. Japan becomes such a pathetic country. After the accidents, my family fell apart. My daughter tried to commit suicide… I am relieved that she survived.
When I saw the foals,I entertained a flicker of hope. but even these foals died… There is no future. Nobody want to live without future. Here is Japan. Do you think it is really okay with this situation in Japan?” He said.
His daughter has a tattoo on her feet to remind herself of her decision to quit her job and go back to her father’s farm. It read “Hosokawa Farm.” “You can know I am Miwa of Hosokawa Farm, wherever I die.” she said.

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Extreme weather events over the last few weeks of October 2013.


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Moose die-off is massive, and a mystery to scientists


October 17, 2013 MONTANAAll across the U.S., moose are dying – and scientists yet don’t know how to save them. Moose populations across swaths of the U.S. – from the West Coast to the East Coast, from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River – are declining at an unprecedented rate, imperiling fragile ecosystems and putting the moose tourism industry on edge, the New York Times reported. But though scientists have a long list of culprits – disease; climate change; over-hunting – it’s not clear just what is causing moose to die in droves. And that means that scientists are at the moment unsure how to save America’s moose. Once, moose made headlines for doing a bit too well in the U.S. As the largest members of the deer family, Cervidae, blooming moose populations meant more accidents on rural, mountain roads, and more reports of moose attacks against humans. But the news has changed. In New Hampshire, the moose population has dropped from some 7,000 moose to around just 4,600 animals.
In Montana, numbers have fallen about 40 percent since 1995, and in Wyoming there are just 919 animals left – a quarter of the state’s target moose population. In Minnesota, the population in its northeast has been halved since about 2010, and moose have disappeared almost entirely from its northwest. Only Maine has seen an increase in its moose population, with some 75,000 animals living within its borders. Scientists suggest that climate change is a probable factor, but pinpointing just how climate change affects the moose has been difficult. In New Hampshire, scientists have proposed that longer falls and shorter winters has allowed the winter tick population to bloom, the Washington Post reported. Up to 150,000 ticks can beset a moose at one time, bleeding it out until the moose is little more than ribs, antlers, and some loose skin. In Minnesota, where the average midwinter temperature has risen some 11 degrees over the last 40 years, climate change is also a fingered culprit, the Minnesota Public Radio reported in 2008.

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25 more dead dolphins washed up over the weekend; Total now 164


Posted on: 6:15 pm, August 19, 2013, by , updated on: 09:06am, August 20, 2013

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For weeks, Susan Barco and her team at the Virginia Aquarium have been trying to stay on top of the 6-7 dead dolphins washing up every day. Still, even they have a breaking point–and it came this weekend.

“It went crazy, we had 11 calls on Saturday, 14 on Sunday, and two of them were live animals,” said Barco. “We are having to put animals in freezers, and we are already having people come from outside to help with necropsies, because just picking up the animals is challenging us right now.”

25 were reported this weekend and three more on Monday which brings the total number of dead dolphins in Virginia to 164 for the year.

That’s 100 more than researchers see in a normal year.

“25 dolphins in one weekend is something we cannot handle, and if it continues at this rate, we are going to have to ask for more outside help,” said Barco.

The affected dolphins are no longer just males and calves, females are also starting to die from the mystery illness.

The freezers at the stranding center are now full with dead dolphins being stacked out in the open waiting for their necropsies.

Experts from the Smithsonian and NOAA are traveling to Virginia Beach to help, but it’s still not enough.

“That’s just for necropsies, that’s not getting animals off the beach, so we need more people to do that,” said Barco.

But it’s hard to bring in more trained people without money.

The aquarium’s stranding team funding has been drained after responding to so many deaths.

“We are applying for an emergency grant, but there is not a lot of extra money, and in fact this grant that supports the stranding network is scheduled to be cut because of sequestration, so we are really worried about the future, and worried about the rest of this year,” said Barco.

Twelve fresh animals have come into the lab so far, one this weekend that was still alive, and had to be euthanized.

Crews worked on it for almost 8 hours Monday, trying to get as many samples as possible, so they can finally figure out what is killing all these dolphins.

“A live animal right now is probably going to be the one that helps us solve this problem,” said Barco.

http://wtkr.com/2013/08/19/25-dead-dolphins-wash-up-over-weekend-makes-164-deaths-this-year-in-va/

 

Signs Of Change For July 2013


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