|Dead Brittle Stars, also called Spider Starfish, have been washing ashore beaches from Florida Panhandle to Alabama. CBS4|
Beaches across the Gulf coast, including the Florida Panhandle, are getting the star treatment as thousands of starfish drift ashore.
Most of them, dead or dying, are washing up on beaches from Perdido Key, Florida in Pensacola to Alabama.
The majority are brittle stars, also called spider starfish, and they are very common in waters around the world.
“This is very rare, I have lived here all my life and I have never seen them like this,” said beachgoer Charlotte Phillips.
Marine experts said rough surf caused by recent storms may have pushed the starfish over the sandbars and onto the beach.
Tidal pools hold most of what’s left. – CBS Miami.
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A bacterial or viral disease is killing off fish by the thousands in Tempe Town Lake.
The disease is isolated to the lake’s carp population and city officials said the lake is safe for humans to be near.
“These [diseases] are isolated to fish, in this case they’re isolated only to the carp species,” said Rick Amalfi, vice president of Aquatic Consulting, a Phoenix environmental services company.
Recent tests done by the company found no inherent dangers to humans near the lake.
“The water quality is fine. We have plenty of oxygen in the lake,” Amalfi said. “We always check for golden algae because that’s been responsible for a lot of fish kills because of the toxin it produces and we don’t find any of that in there.”
But some lake visitors are unhappy with the sight and smell of rotting carp carcasses around the lake.
“For the average person going by the lake it is pretty stinky,” Amalfi said. “When you really get the odors is when you get a windy day and a large number go down in a corner and you happen to walk by that corner, it’s going to be smelly. There’s no getting around it.”
The carp started to die off two weeks ago when the lake temperature rose. The bacteria thrives at certain degrees, which is the current temperatures.
“There are various bacterial and viral diseases that the fish get and the carp are susceptible to them when the water temperature is where it’s at right now,” said Amanda Nelson, a spokeswoman for the city of Tempe.
Nelson expected the fish to stop dying in a few weeks when water temperatures warm up further and Amalfi agreed.
“Our best guess is when the water starts warming up a little bit the disease usually dies out,” Amalfi said.
Until then, Nelson said the dead carp may be a small nuisance but, they will not affect any events taking place near the lake. She said crews are working to remove the carcasses.
Amalfi said Aquatic Consulting has increased its normal cleanup efforts. Crews will be on and around the lake daily until the disease dies out. – KTAR.
|(Photo: Beekeepers in West Michigan are calling it a ‘crisis’, which has only gotten
worse from several months of extreme cold.)Add caption
A local beekeeper who lost all of his honeybees this winter and he says it’s happening across the state.
Anyone can look at Don Lam’s beehive and see piles of dead honeybees. However, for Lam, each hive also tells the story of a struggle to survive. “They vibrate their wing muscles and that vibration is similar to shivering,” says Lam, a beekeeper in Holland.
It was a fight that his nearly half a million honeybees lost to a long, harsh winter. “They had eaten there way all the way to the top, had run out of food, and they couldn’t move over because it was too cold,” says Lam. “In some cases they froze to death because the cluster got too small and in other cases they starved to death.”
Every single colony was killed. “I’ve lost 20 out of 20, so it’s a 100% loss for me,” says Lam. “It’s the same story everywhere, they’re losing 80% or 90% of their bees.”
Michigan beekeepers are used to losing bees over the winter months. In fact, Lam says he usually has half his bee population die off, but he says he’s never seen it as bad as this year.
Across the country, the honeybee population has already been on a sharp decline.
“We are losing one third of our bee population every year and then we scramble that next summer to make that population up again,” says Lam. “You can imagine how much we would be concerned if we lost one third of our chickens or a third of our cows every year, and because we don’t see bees in the same way we don’t realize it is a crisis.”
WATCH: Beekeeper on harsh winter: ‘It’s a 100% loss for me’
Lam says the ‘crisis’ for honeybees could mean less pollination, fewer fruits, and higher prices.
Later this month, Lam plans to travel to Georgia to pick up more honeybees from a bee producer, who sells to northern beekeepers. However, Lam says he will probably only have about half as many honeybees this summer, because there isn’t enough time to grow the population. – WZZM13.
|Dead waterfowl line the shore of Lake Macatawa near the Holland State Park Tuesday.
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Harsh winter conditions have led to a large number of waterfowl deaths across the state, something Greenville resident Stephen Schnautz has seen first hand.
Schnautz, 33, a waterfowl hunting and ice fishing guide, said he’s seen a variety of species that just couldn’t make it through the winter.
“I’ve seen diving ducks, loons, swans, gulls, a little bit of everything,” Schnautz said. “I’ve been down to the Kalamazoo River and seen dead birds on the river bank. They’re everywhere.”
The losses aren’t just around West Michigan, Schnautz said.
“I guide on Saginaw Bay and I’ve seen them all the way down to Lake Erie,” Schnautz said. “They’re in Muskegon, Traverse City, up in Ludington, too. I’ve mostly seen canvass backs, redheads, long-tailed ducks and some types of mergansers.
Michigan DNR wildlife outreach technician Holly Vaughn said the die-off can be attributed to the amount of ice coverage on inland lakes as well as the Great Lakes.
“Most of the birds that are washing up are diving birds like canvass backs, redheads, long-tailed ducks and some types of mergansers,” Vaughn said. “It’s mostly because they weren’t able to get to their main food source.
“We’ve sent quite a few specimens to the lab to make sure there’s nothing more serious happening and so far we haven’t seen a cause other than starvation,” Vaughn said.
Schnautz said he’s seen birds throughout the winter out on the ice of Lake Michigan and in parking lots, backyards and rooftops; stranded and looking for open water.
“Sea ducks are flying in search of water for food and they’re running out of energy,” Schnautz said. “They’re landing because of exhaustion because they can’t find open water. They see big black spaces and think it’s water when it’s really just asphalt or tar rooftops.”
“I was out on the ice on Lake Michigan some this year and I saw a bunch of birds that were dead in ice crevices and some that looked like they landed and just froze right into the ice.”
While this is sad to see, Vaughn said, it’s really the ebb and flow of nature and usually takes care of itself.
“The birds that we’ve seen have been in poor condition without much fat on their bodies,” Vaughn said. “It’s the nature of rough winters but it’s also a good way of keeping populations within reasonable levels.”
“It is sad and tough to see but it’s also nature and over the years nature will make up for this harsh winter and the population will come back.” – MLIVE.
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Depending on the district Bardaklı shepherd in the village Mahmut Polat , look for the sheep graze Pain took them to the foot of Mt.
Parker, brought to the village of beraberindekilerle type of sheep caught.
530 sheep at a location in the mountains, close to the village at a distance of 370 had perished.
Parker, AA correspondent, said in a statement, suddenly overwhelm due to snow and type said they were forced back from their region.
WATCH: Dead sheep in Turkey.
TIPE the sheep are affected negatively Polat, “Snow and the type and pushes the sheep down in the village wanted to. Violence increases because of the type of sheep is a part of the mountain part of the village, 300 meters away had perished. Herd in some lambs mother died. Them will look at how I do not know,” he said.
Parker, learned that a breeders of animals perished in the ill heart attack, he said. – Haberler. [Translated]