Deepest Inner Stirrings portends explosive and rapid movements of Higher Paradigms, for the benefit of all Gaia inhabitants.
Cascades of Light now increase in strength and intensity and effect.
Cosmic Multipliers are in full effect at this moment.
Deepest Inner Stirrings portends explosive and rapid movements of Higher Paradigms, for the benefit of all Gaia inhabitants.
Cascades of Light now increase in strength and intensity and effect.
Cosmic Multipliers are in full effect at this moment.
A volcano in Peru that has not erupted in four decades spewed more ash skyward on Tuesday, after authorities evacuated villagers to avoid Ubinas’s wrath.
The volcano in southwestern Peru blasted back to life causing 60 villagers from Querapi, near its base, to be relocated on Saturday, Ubinas town mayor Pascual Coaquira said.
“We are readying a shelter for refugees from the blasts,” he added, noting that the whole Moquegua region was on alert.
“The volcano has been emitting a lot of ash all day, the people in the town (of Ubinas) are having some problems breathing, the mayor added. They have been given masks, he said.
Peru’s geological and mining agency (Ingemmet) said lava had been building up in recent weeks, and warned locals they should prepare for the possibility of more evacuation.
Ok, this image was released by the Brasilia Planetarium recently and seems to show a massive disc shaped object stationed above the Earth. The disc is estimated to be around 3-5 thousand miles in diameter. If you look at the bottom left of the image you can see a cloud formation passing over the top of the anomaly, this indicates that the object is not a projection onto the earth. I have no idea what this object is, i can only speculate at this point. I have contacted the Planetarium for further clarification regarding the slide, and will post an update when I get an answer.
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The following note from Judith Kusel totally aligns with my note below on the Yellowstone earthquake update :)
Another wave of clearing and cleansing is upon us, and works with the ancestral lines, and all the debris we have collected over many thousands of years.
It is bringing in the mass clearing of the collective consciousness of mankind – the self-destructive tendencies which have been our Archilles heel for so long.
Old patterns of trauma, woe, of self-hate, etc. all that has to dissolve, in order for the new to arise.
This is pure vortex energy and is starting to spin faster.
It is now working with the core earth energies, as the earth is now going to spin faster. As she already has an increased wobble from the shifting of poles, this means that this spinning will start affecting us immensely on all levels.
So be prepared for more changes, and changes, and some more.
I just love this!
We are being revamped, inside and out!
Note: It’s been a few months since I closely followed earthquake monitoring, since then global seismic activity has continued to rise in tandem with the rising consciousness tsunami. As people around the world wake up, the “system” fights back. In the process the planet responds to cleanse, purge and clear out the chaos manifesting within the consciousness of billions of people as they move through the shift into a new paradigm. These changes are natural and nothing to fear, the consciousness of Mother Earth is moving humanity through planetary change as smoothly as possible.
Staying positive, grounded with the Earth and in alignment with your inner core BE-ing will guide you through any upheaval your region may experience. Much love to all!
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Over the past 48 hours, a noticeable increase in seismic activity has occurred across the Western United States.
Specifically, a swarm of earthquakes has occurred extending from the Western edge of the Yellowstone magma chamber, now Eastward into the center of the National Park itself.
This building pressure is now manifesting as multiple 3.0M+ earthquakes, all at a 3.0mile or greater depth inside the Yellowstone magma chamber.
As if Yellowstone were not enough, the pressure is also translating to earthquakes occurring farther Southwest from Yellowstone, along the deformed edge of the North American Craton, extending into Central California , along the subduction zone of the North American Plate (and the Pacific Plate).
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Video update on the current Yellowstone movement from tatoott1009 here:
The heavy earthquake activity along the West Coast of the United States , over the past few weeks, has now translated in the craton displacement that we were expecting.
The earthquakes inside the magma chamber at Yellowstone, and the earthquakes now occurring at dormant volcanic chains along South / Central California, mean we can expect further activity in the near term to INCREASE.
The increase in activity along the edge of the craton will continue into the near term future due to the overall Pacific displacement occurring internationally.
Until things cool off internationally in the West Pacific, we can expect sizable displacement to occur along our plate in North America. This means, Yellowstone, Colorado, Oklahoma, and other areas along the edge of the edge of the craton need to be aware of the possibility of movement in the near term.
Also.. the odd man out, Southern California , near Baja, sits primed, and now showing slight volcanic chamber activity. Expect Salton Sea and Mono Lake to be showing some movement soon.
Earlier this past week.. we made note of the multiple UNREPORTED earthquakes at Yellowstone..
Move forward a few days, and the USGS is now on top of things apparently. Either that, or the movement is now becoming undeniable.
In other news from the region, last week, reports of odd Bison (buffalo) movements exiting the park..
Were the animals trying to tell us something?
Over the past week, several reports have been coming in from viewers, telling me to check the charts in Yellowstone. People saying the charts are showing UNREPORTED activity on multiple stations across the famous Supervolcano (national park).
Indeed, activity was occurring this past week, but NOT being counted on the USGS public feeds as earthquakes.
Earthquakes at Yellowstone not being reported? What is this madness?
After checking the actual charts, indeed it is confirmed, there has been earthquake movement GREATER than 2.5M across the area, the charts do not lie……
Here are a couple examples of the activity NOT showing on public feeds as “earthquakes”.. yet clearly some actual movement is occurring : (censored?)
Move forward a few days, now currently March 25, 2014 — after the flurry of UNREPORTED activity — and now the USGS is showing THREE 3.0M+ events over the past 24 hours.
Coming from the Western edge of the Yellowstone Magma Chamber (click to view full size) :
The magma chamber for the supervolcano has been found to extend further West than originally thought. Confirmed now via subterranean “soundings” taken via ground penetrating RADAR, the chamber extends as far West as the Oregon State Line.
Compare the “reported” 3.0M+ events shown on the charts below, to the charts over the past few days, shown above.
The charts above show similar sized activity. However no earthquakes were reported at Yellowstone corresponding to the charts above.
This means censorship is occurring at some point. The earthquakes on the charts earlier this week, were not reported as earthquakes to the public.
Move forward 2-3 days… March 24, 2014 .. THREE earthquakes, greater than 3.0M, now showing on the Yellowstone charts, and also being publicly admitted on the USGS feeds.
Overall, the movement at Yellowstone WAS / IS expected.
See my earthquake forecast / overview here:
Several areas in the forecast have already been hit:
Multiple earthquake monitoring links can be found here:
My dear, please understand that the reason so many problems are being hurled in your direction at this time is to try to take your mind off our work.
Our project is designed to work with the EIGHT OBELISKS IN ROME. These obelisks connect with all the other obelisks worldwide which incorporate all the ley lines. Their ENERGY must be released.
I ask that everyone combine your energies to do this. You are powerful beings. Use your power to release Earth’s energies to humanity. Please give your all to this exercise. Veronica’s team has provided you with the MEDITATION. This is how it can be done. Give your full attention to it and keep doing it, until you are free of all negative control systems, and all the killing has stopped.
Humanity has come together, and by working together you will free yourselves from all the corrupt control.
Let love be your guiding light. We are with you at all times.
Thank you, my dear, for putting so much effort into this. We will succeed !
Forever, your adoring, Monty.
(For simplicity the meditation is also presented below)
Global Meditation for Humanity to Focus on Rome
Dear friends, Humanity is at a point in its existence where forces that are not of the light are attempting to take control of the Planet and plunge us into a time of war and further suppression of it’s people. We are urgently asked to focus our thoughts in a global meditation or prayer for the good of all of Humanity and the Planet on 25th of March.
We would invite you to take part with the following suggested meditation.
You may of course use your own format in keeping with your own methods of prayer or meditation or beliefs.
The importance is in the strength of your intent and visualization.
Please know that linked as a group,
your meditation is very powerful, creative and real.
Firstly recognize that all of Humanity is linked by our Heart energy.
Take a moment to visualize this link and have the intent of the Will to do Good and that we are all One.
GROUP FUSION AFFIRMATION
WE AFFIRM THE FACT OF GROUP FUSION AND INTEGRATION WITHIN THE HEART CENTRE OF THE NEW GROUP OF WORLD SERVERS, MEDIATING BETWEEN HIERARCHY AND HUMANITY.
I AM ONE WITH MY GROUP BROTHERS, AND ALL THAT I HAVE IS THEIRS.
IN THE CENTRE OF ALL LOVE I STAND.
FROM THAT CENTRE I, THE SOUL, WILL OUTWARD MOVE.
FROM THAT CENTRE I, THE ONE WHO SERVES, WILL WORK.
MAY THE LOVE OF THE DIVINE SELF BE SHARED ABROAD, IN MY HEART, THROUGH MY GROUP, AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.
Take a few moments now to see and feel this link between all of our brothers and sisters, regardless of religion, Race or Gender.
Again, we invite you to visualize a Higher Creator Being or God according to your belief.
Acknowledge His/Her existence and to request assistance in this meditation for the betterment of all of Humanity and the Planet
and to anchor the Light and Love of the Creator on Earth.
FROM THE GROUP HEART OF HUMANITY, WE SEND FORTH A CLARION CALL TO THE CREATOR /GOD, FOR AN OUT POURING OF LOVE AND LIGHT, IN ORDER THAT THE AWARENESS OF HUMANITY AND THE VIBRATION OF THE PLANET MAY BE RAISED.
WE ASK THAT THIS LIGHT AND LOVE BE ANCHORED WITHIN OUR HEARTS AND IN THE PLANET. WE ASK THAT ALL DARKNESS BE REMOVED AND THAT ALL BEINGS MAY LIVE IN PEACE AND LOVE.
WE ASK THAT ALL THAT HAS BEEN HIDDEN FROM US MAY BE REVEALED AND THAT DISCLOSURE MAY OCCUR.
WE GIVE OUR HEARTFELT THANKS AND GRATITUDE.
Take a few moments to visualize a beam of Lighted energy descending upon the center of Rome and being anchored there.
See this powerful white/golden Light expand to dispel all darkness
and to encompass the eight Obelisks around Rome.
At this point the obelisks begin to resonate with the Light and be aware that these are placed where the Energy or Ley lines cross and converge and are sometimes known as power points or nodes.
Know too that these ey Lines expand outwards across Europe and beyond to encompass the Earth.
They are linked to other Obelisks and power points through out the world.
This lattice work of energy lay lines may be seen as the ‘Flower of Life’ and it is indeed the vital energy pathways that sustain the Planet and Humanity.
See the Lighted Energy expand again,
like the flood gates being opened to flood the Ley Lines around the world with Light.
See the Ancient Sacred sites in your countries being empowered and energized. Where there have been blockages placed on the Ley Lines, see them swept away. Where the energy has been stagnated, see it being revitalized.
Where darkness prevails, see it being lit.
Where there has been pain or suffering as a result of war, see Peace, Love and Forgiveness.
As the whole planet begins to become brighter and resonate with the Light of the Creator, see this as a period of Disclosure for all that has been hidden from us.
Make now the affirmation that as Humanity, we no longer choose to war on our neighbors, but that we accept all as our Brothers and Sisters and that we choose Peace.
We acknowledge the hurt that we have caused to the Animal and Nature kingdoms and we seek now to live in Peace again.
Let LOVE, LIGHT and POWER descend upon the Earth.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.”
With a pillar of fire stretching up into the clouds, this spectacular image captures the moment a volcano erupted in remote Russia. The stream of lava rose up to a kilometer above the summit of Klyuchevskoy, one of the active volcanoes on the Kamchatka peninsula in the east of the country. The volcano, which erupts around every two years, is one of the largest on-land active volcanoes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It stands at 15,584f t on the north end of a belt of 30 active volcanoes.
The dramatic picture of Klyuchevskoy was captured by photographer Marc Szeglat on October 16 at a distance of approximately 9.5 miles from its concealed cone, as the volcano erupted for the first time in three years. The explosion triggered by the eruption could be heard from 20 miles away. In September 1994, an eruption caused disruption after it affected airline routes across the Pacific Ocean. The active nature of the volcano, which first began erupting in 1697, means it is still rarely a target for climbers
Source: Sky News
Rumours were rife in a Slovakian town this week when a river running through turned bright red.
The river in Myjava, a small municipality on the border to the Czech Republic, had changed colour over night and turned into ‘blood’. Police have been called in to investigate the matter, but it is believed to be a faulty filtering system from a slaughterhouse upstream.
Roman Podbrezova, 65, had gone for a morning walk when he saw the drastic change to the river which runs through the centre of the town.
‘I just could not believe my eyes,’ he said. ‘The river was dark red. It was like something from a horror film. Blood cascading through the centre of town.’
Another local said: ‘This is really creepy. Yesterday evening I walked past here and it was its normal colour.
‘Now it looks like someone slaughtered 1,000 virgins or something. I’m not superstitious, and we’ve never had any serial killers or anything like that here, but this isn’t normal.
Police spokesman Elena Antalova said: ‘We are checking the source of the blood and what caused it.
‘At the moment we are thinking it could have come from dead fish or maybe someone washed a barrel containing blood in the river.
‘It seems it came from the drains directly above the museum,’ she said.
The waste from a slaughterhouse higher up the River Myjava is usually pumped into a retaining pool where it is filtered before being released into the river.
Springtime blooms of plankton — microscopic sea creatures that are the foundation of most marine ecosystems — are at the lowest levels ever seen off New England.
The dramatic decline happened in the North Atlantic in first half of this year, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) told the AP. It also coincided with sea surface temperatures from the mid-Atlantic to the Gulf of Maine that were the third-warmest on record, after an all-time high in 2012. Further south in the Atlantic there was more cooling, but overall warming throughout the oceans remains on a steady upward trend.
The result is earlier warming events in the oceans over the past few years and NOAA scientists suspect the changes are affecting plant and animal reproduction.
“The first six months of 2013 can be characterized by new extremes in the physical and biological environment,” said Kevin Friedland, a marine scientist with NOAA.
Phytoplankton — the most basic form of plankton — are a massive part of the planet’s overall ecosystems: they account for roughly half the organic matter produced on Earth, produce half the oxygen in the atmosphere, draw carbon dioxide out of the air, and serve as the foundational food source for most of the oceans’ food webs.
The dropoff in the springtime plankton is also affecting the population levels of larger zooplankton– small marine invertebrates — that feed on the blooms.
Scientists have found that rising ocean temperatures change the interaction of different layers of water. As a result, fewer nutrients circle up from the lower layers to serve as food for the phytoplankton in the upper layers. Researchers suspect this is a big part of a massive 40 percent decline they’ve observed in phytoplankton levels since 1950. In fact, roughly 90 percent of global warming’s total effect goes into heating the oceans.
Research also shows that the retreat of arctic ice is leading to earlier phytoplankton blooms in that region of the ocean as well. The spring blooms are coming as much as 50 days earlier than they were a mere decade ago. That risks the collapse of larger food webs, as the reproductive cycles of many marine animals’ are timed to the blooms.
A new island has appeared in the Pacific. A submarine eruption just off Nishino-Shima Island Japan has erupted for the first time in 40 years. The Japanese Navy noticed the explosions as boiling lava met sea water giving rise to plumes of steam and ash.
Almost 7,000 miles away in Mexico, the Colima volcano blew its top after a period of relative calm. A steam and ash cloud rose two miles into the sky and the grumbling of the mountain could be heard in towns a few miles away.
In Guatemala the ‘Fire Mountain’ belched out lava and sent up a moderate ash cloud causing an ash fall over nearby towns. The explosions and shock waves occurring in the volcano can be felt by residents over 6 miles away. Doors and windows are reported to be rattling, but there has been no damage so far.
In Vanuatu the Yasur volcano is giving some cause for concern. Although the explosions are quite weak the continuous ash that is coming from the mountain is starting to build up on farming land.
Over to Italy, Mount Etna is putting on quite a display. The current eruption started a few days ago and has been getting stronger as time moves on. A massive eruption lit up the sky and disturbed residents yesterday. The ash cloud was high enough to see flights canceled. The lava flow was the biggest in years, and the town of Zafferana which lay in its path saw some damage. Lava diverters were put into place, and most of the town escaped unscathed.
In Indonesia a four mile high ash cloud is making life hard for residents. Mount Sinabung came back to life in 2010 after dormancy of hundreds of years. Occasionally coming to life after its 2010 awakening, the rumbling of the volcano prompted the evacuation of over 6000 people as scientists feared a major eruption. There has been no lava flows so far but the ash cloud is growing.
Mount Sinabung ash cloud
Still in Indonesia but on the island of Java this time, Mount Merapi exploded yesterday. Hundreds of people were killed when it last erupted in 2010. There is no news of casualties at this point.
So, we have eruptions big enough to prompt evacuations. Flights are canceled, and a new island pops up off the coast of Japan. I would have called that newsworthy myself but obviously I’m wrong. If I was right it would have been common knowledge right? Reports may have been on the news right?
So many volcanoes throwing so much gas, ash and particulates into the air can have an effect on climate, this is a scientific fact. I’m not saying that these volcanoes herald the start of a new ice age but the planet certainly seems to be getting a bit more active of late.
Continued large eruptions put a huge amount of particulate matter into the atmosphere, and these particles reflect sunlight away from earth and when there is enough of them the temperatures can drop.
The Mount Pinatubo eruption lowered temperatures by around 0.5°C across the Northern Hemisphere.
Considering that we are in a cooling period anyway, having so many volcanoes going off at the same time is not good. Aside from the devastating effects the lava and ash can have on the lives of those living near to them, the global impacts can be enormous.
Lost crops due to ash fall and lower temperatures can lead to hunger and famine, as happened after the Tamboraeruption in 1815.
Economic losses due to lost crops and canceled flights runs into millions of dollars a day, as with the Icelandic eruption of Eyjafjallojkull (pronounced: aya fiat la u cud la) in 2010.
The spasms of the earth come without warning, but at the same time those spasms should be a wake up call to all of us that change can happen in the blink of an eye.
Better be prepared for it.
Infinite gratitude to the Music “Rhythm of the Heart ” by AH NEE MAH. An Urgent Message from the “Ancient Ones ” to the Native American People about what Planet Earth is going through right now and what they can do to assist HER at this time .
Very beautiful, heartfelt message!
Submitted by Linda 11/20/13
Right now we can make a change! We can place our crystals embedded with our love near the powerplant of Fukushima and help heal the planet! ***Crystal healing for Fukushima and the water, ourselves, our food. LOVE IS THE STRONGEST POWER IN OUR UNIVERSE~~ ***
“As you gather your crystals to go to Fukushima, please print out this photo “print out”, put in your name and where you are from then please place this inside the box with your crystals before shipping. This way the scientists receiving know that these crystals are from the Tribe.
The address – where you can send your crystals:
〒 564-0052 大阪府吹田市広芝町3-29 エッグビル第3江坂504号
Omic Kogyo Kabushikigaisha
Mr. Masayuki Ohata
Egg Building No.3 Esaka 504
(Tel: +81 6-6155-9800 )
(Note: both are the same address. The above is written in Japanese and the one below is written in English. I suggest you to copy and paste both addresses on the box (just in case the English address can’t be read by the Japanese postal service).
A growing sinkhole in Florida has swallowed at least one home, caused another to begin collapsing and forced at least six homes to be evacuated. The sinkhole began opening in a neighborhood just north of downtown Dunedin, Fla., near Tampa, early this morning, according to ABC News affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa.
By 7 a.m., the sinkhole was estimated at 80 feet wide and 40 feet deep, and still expanding, Dunedin Deputy Fire Chief Tripp Barrs told WFTS. Power and utility lines were cut off and officials evacuated at least six surrounding homes amid reports that a neighboring pool was also cracking.
Television footage also shows a boat and screened-in porch at the homeowner’s property had collapsed into the hole.
The Pinellas County homeowner Michael Dupre told TV station Bay News 9 that he heard what sounded like a “sledgehammer pounding on a wall” as the sinkhole began to open up. He also told the station a sinkhole-prevention company had been at his home the past two days pouring grout to stabilize the home’s foundation.
“There was a sinkhole before and we knew there was sinkhole activity,” Dupre said. “After the Seffner sinkhole, we were scared. We’ve been dealing with our insurance company and, finally, two days ago, they started working on our house. Now it looks like our home is gone.”
No injuries have been reported in the Dunedin sinkhole.
Dunedin is just outside of what state officials refer to as “sinkhole alley,” the counties of Hernando, Hillsborough and Pasco.
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.
A nice little fright for the children, right before Halloween! Ick…
More sinkholes for October 2013…
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