MASS MAMMAL/FISH DIE-OFF: The Latest Incidents Across The Earth – OVER 100 TONS Of Fish Die Mysteriously Suddenly In Fish Ponds In Guangxi, China; The Total Number Of Dead Dolphins Increases To 5 In Beaufort County, South Carolina; Dead Bryde’s Whale Found On Beach In Plover Cove, Hong Kong; Very Rare Albino Baby Dolphin Surfaces In Charleston Harbor, South Carolina; And Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash Up Along A Canal In Illinois!

April 01, 2014 – EARTH – The following constitutes the latest incidents of mass fish and mammal die-offs across the Earth:

OVER 100 TONS Of Fish Die Suddenly In Fish Ponds In Guangxi, China
In the dead fish incident, Mr. Qin most costly, nearly 40,000 kilograms of fish a night “white belly”, let tears.
Huang Yuan Communications / Chart

Upcoming over one hundred thousand kilograms of tilapia, carp suddenly died mysteriously in a single day, the direct economic losses of more than 160 million, so that eight farmers dew tears Liujiang County town of village into a group cried dry. After a preliminary examination fishery sector finds that a large area of ​​fish suddenly died due to acute poisoning. Currently, public security, environmental protection, fishery and other departments have been involved in the investigation.

Shining white piece of dead fish cages

March 27 at 1 pm, this reporter went to the village of dew overflow dam downstream. Not yet reached the scene, one dead fish smell and emit a foul odor blowing. Although the incident has been three days, but the ponds are still nearly 50,000 kilograms of dead fish have not finished cleaning up.

In the scene, more than 20 breeding cages eight farmers in the river next to the place, some farmers kept the dead fish in cages and throw on the shore – meter long shore roads, littered with dead fish, large and small, the air filled with the smell of fish and rancid.

Mr. Qin’s in the cage, because too many dead fish, five or six hundred square meters of surface densely piled dead fish on plastic mesh networking boxes have been dead stays up.

“7:00 in the morning on the 25th, I woke up after the discovery of fish cages inside scurrying around, less than half an hour to sink to the bottom turn belly.” Farmers Leung said that morning, most of the dead fish floating up, cage surface is covered. Leung domesticated more than ten thousand kilograms of fish almost died.

Later, the local town government carried away part of the deal with the dead fish as harmless, but the shore, there are a lot of dead fish in the ponds did not receive timely treatment. It is reported that college town into Liujiang County party committee, the Government set up a working group, sent 24-hour shift on-site duty, follow-up treatment to prevent dead fish into the market. The official said, they will be based on relevant policies, as far as possible in low-interest loans to help farmers, allowed to resume production as soon as possible, to reduce losses.

Losses suspect someone poisoned

Leung introduced, these fish are mainly tilapia and carp, they have been farming here 10 years. The trouble began last May these fish stocking, there has been an average of 1 kg weight, the biggest carp has nearly 10 kg, was going to take advantage of before Qingming market.

Fish in the end is how to die? This question, farmers say the death has been ruled a natural death and pollution, suspect that someone deliberately poisoned, “100 meters upstream of the village there are other fish that nothing happened, and no factories and other pollution sources nearby.” Mr. Qin said.

Tan said he has 10 years of fish in the area, it has never been a large area of ​​dead fish, but before the incident, they did not grudges with people, so was not sure why the person liable to poisoning.

Preliminary determination lineage acute poisoning deaths

After the incident, relevant departments Liujiang County Environmental Protection, Animal Husbandry and Fishery Bureau, the fishery station immediately arrived at the scene, and to take water samples and dead fish samples.

27 pm, Liujiang County Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Monitoring Team introduced, according to preliminary results of monitoring of water samples, the basic cause of dead fish can be excluded water quality impacts; Liujiang County fishery station samples were checked for dead fish, fish preliminary determination to exclude the death of a large area died a natural death and disease, the initial determination of acute poisoning.

Into a group in Liujiang County Public Security Bureau police station, relevant departments said they had on file for investigation. – Xinhuanet. [Translated]

Total Number Of Dead Dolphins Increases To 5 In Beaufort County, South Carolina
Beaufort resident Susan Trogdon found this dead bottlenose dolphin in the Harbour River
in Beaufort on Saturday morning. Island Packet

Two more dolphins have been found dead off Beaufort County shores this weekend, bringing the total since March 17 to five.

The dolphins were reported Saturday and Sunday, according to Wayne McFee, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, at Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island and Sands Beach in Port Royal, respectively.

Employees from the S.C. Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Charleston, were on their way to Beaufort County on Monday morning to retrieve the animals.

Three previous dolphins deaths have been reported in recent weeks.

A bottlenose dolphin washed ashore March 17 on Hilton Head Island between Sea Pines and Marriott’s Grande Ocean Resort and died before marine biologists could reach it. That was an older male, and had a heart condition and probable pneumonia.

The second was spotted March 20 in the May River in Bluffton.

Island Packet

The third was in Fripp Inlet on March 22. It washed out to sea and biologists were unable to recover it, McFee said.

The two dolphins from this weekend will be taken to the Marine Mammal Standing Network for testing, as the ones on the 17th and 20th were, according to Jessica Conway, a technician for the network who retrieved the dolphins Monday.

Testing results take a few weeks to return, McFee said, so it remains too early to tell if any viruses or other diseases affected the dolphins.

 WATCH: Dead dolphin removed from beach.

 

The deaths appear to only be in migratory dolphins, not the resident ones in the Lowcountry estuarium, however, he said.

The cold and changing weather of the last few months could also be related to the deaths, he said.

Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.

Related content:

3rd bottlenose dolphin found dead; cause unknown, March 22, 2014: http://bit.ly/1deH3Di

2nd dead bottlenose dolphin found in Beaufort County this week, March 20, 2014: http://bit.ly/1gKEynm

Dolphin deaths spreading to South Carolina, October 24, 2013: http://bit.ly/1gKEynm

Source: The Beaufort Gazette

Island Packet.

Dead Bryde’s Whale Found On Beach In Plover Cove, Hong Kong
Marine experts are dwarfed by the whale.
Ocean Park Conservation Foundation

The bloated carcass of a whale the length of a bus has been found at a remote beach in the New Territories’ northeastern tip.

The 10.8-metre-long animal, found beached in an inner bay off Hung Shek Mun, in Plover Cove Country Park, was thought to be a female Bryde’s whale.

When marine experts arrived yesterday morning, the rotting carcass was lying partially submerged in the shallow water, giving off a stench. It had a number of cuts on its body.

About 10 government and Ocean Park experts in protective gear were still inspecting the dead whale early yesterday evening. Police said a hiker had reported seeing a “huge fish” floating off Hung Shek Mun on Saturday evening.

“It looks like a Bryde’s whale,” Dolphin Conservation Society chairman Samuel Hung Ka-yiu said after seeing footage and pictures of the animal on the news. “It could have died at sea and then drifted in.”

Hung said it could have been dead for a couple of days since the carcass was bloated.

The authorities have yet to decide how to dispose of the dead whale. One option would be to cut up its carcass and remove it piece by piece.

Bryde’s whales, which can grow up to about 16.5 metres and weigh up to 40 tonnes, prefer warmer waters. Males are usually slightly smaller than females.

The whale was still seen floating on the waters in Hung Shek Mun on Sunday. Ocean Park Conservation Foundation

In 2009, a 10-metre-long humpback whale was spotted in Hong Kong waters. It was believed to be the first sighting of the species in the city. Experts believed the animal accidentally entered Hong Kong harbour after getting lost.

In 2003, a sperm whale was found washed up at Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung. The 10-metre-long creature was about two years old and weighed 15 tonnes.

In 1994, the carcass of a Bryde’s whale was found in Tolo Harbour. – SCMP.

Rare Albino Baby Dolphin Surfaces In Charleston Harbor, South Carolina
A dolphin was filmed in the Ashley River in January that might have been the young
white dolphin seen in Wappoo Creek the past few weeks.

A rare animal might be hunting with its mother in Charleston Harbor – an albino dolphin.

A young white dolphin has surfaced near the Wappoo Creek bridge on Folly Road most afternoons the past few weeks, wowing spectators, including diners at the Charleston Crab House, who jump from their seats to the window and deck outside.

“They go crazy. They scream,” said owner John Keener. “It runs right alongside its mom all the time.”

Jim Mossman, a videographer for the city of Charleston, inadvertently might have shot a video of the baby in January, while capturing a pod in the Ashley River near the West Ashley Bikeway. The smaller dolphin’s coloring drew him, he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a baby dolphin, much less a white one.”

An albino dolphin is an eye-catcher, but the animal will have a tough go in the wild. Still, its appearance is a heart-warmer in a year when a virus has been decimating the population. More than 1,000 dolphin have died so far, more than 100 in South Carolina alone. And a second wave of the virus-caused deaths is expected as waters warm.

Albinism is a genetic abnormality in which the skin pigment has no coloring. Among humans it affects one of every 17,000 people and is associated with eyesight difficulties, according to the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation.

It’s also found in any number of animals. Among mammals generally it’s thought to occur one in every 10,000 births, according to National Geographic.

Any number of Lowcountry animals are albino or have white pigment that suggests albinism. White squirrels are found on Yonges Island, Johns Island and in other locations. Kiawah Island has had occurrences of white deer and raccoons.

A young white dolphin captured recently during a hunt off Japan, while its mother leaped, called out, then sank and died. The young dolphin was sold to a museum, stirring an international outcry.

The Lowcountry’s own notorious albino dolphin, “Snowball,” was captured near Beaufort in the 1960s and sold to a Florida attraction. The outcry from that was one of the factors that led to the state’s Marine Mammal Act in the 1990s, that banned the animals’ capture for display.

Some native traditions in the United States hold that albino animals are sacred, literally closer to spiritual. But in the natural world, white stands out and that’s not good. Pigment not only protects the skin from sun damage, it’s one of the ways animals of the same species recognize each other, and it’s camouflage from predators, said Moby Solangi, director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Miss. One of the big predators of bottlenose dolphin are sharks.

The young dolphin should be all right as long as it’s protected by its mother, he said. But “it’s a tough situation for an albino to survive in their world. Some live pretty long and others don’t make it too long.”

Dolphin virus

Morbillivirus: Measles-like virus that weakens and can kill whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Deaths so far:

S.C. 105 (July 1, 2013- March 16)

Average deaths in same time span 28

East Coast overall 1,175

Average 169

Last outbreak: 750 deaths, 1987-88.

Prognosis: A second wave of deaths is expected as waters warm. But, if the 1987-88 outbreak is a any guide, a slowdown is expected.

If you see a stranded dolphin or other marine mammal:

Don’t approach it or let pets approach it. Don’t try to push the animal back into the water.

The morbillivirus isn’t contagious, but a weakened dolphin can contract other infections. Stranded dolphins and other marine mammals are often sick, and some diseases can be spread to humans or pets.

Contact the Marine Mammal Stranding Network hotline, 1-800-922-5431.

Source: NOAA Fisheries

The Post and Courier.

Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash Up Along A Canal In Illinois
Fish Kill at Hennepin Canal – photo shared by Sara Anderson via Facebook

A walk along the peaceful bike path off the Hennepin Canal in Milan, Illinois looks like something out of a horror film.

Thousands of dead fish have washed up on shore as of Sunday, March 30, 2014.

Believe it or not, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Jeff Harrison says it’s normal.

“This happens after every winter. When we have so many days with cold temperatures, the snow covers the ice on these ponds and rivers. Sunlight then can’t penetrate into the water. That means oxygen is lacking for fish in the water,” Harrison said.

Fish Kill at Hennepin Canal – photo shared by Sara Anderson via Facebook

Fish Kill at Hennepin Canal – photo shared by Sara Anderson via Facebook

But Milan residents like Marilyn Lang say they have never seen anything like it before.

“We were just walking along the shoreline and we just seen all of these dead fish. I don’t know why they’re dead,” Lang said as she pointed to a pile of dead fish floating in the water.

Lang and her friend Matreka Nache, of East Moline, had planned a quiet day of fishing along the canal.  But, between the stench of dead fish and the sheer sight of thousands of fish floating belly up, their plans quickly changed.


WATCH:
Thousands of dead fish popping up in Quad City Area.


“We were walking just under the bridge when we noticed this,” Nache said as she pointed at a huge fish floating off the shore.  A dead American paddlefish was pulled out of the water.  At nearly five feet long, it’s a rare sight in the Hennepin Canal.

“I have never seen one of these in the canal,” said local fisherman Pat Bundy.

It’s just another sign that, on this day, winter snagged the big catch. – WQAD.

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