Dead whale washes up on Southampton beach, New York
The whale was seen floating in the water on Monday and found on the beach on Tuesday.
A dead whale that was seen floating in the water on Monday, has washed up on a Southampton beach on Tuesday, according to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.
The foundation is working with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to assess the situation and will provide more details as they become available.
They also remind residents to report all sightings to their 24-hour hotline at 631-369-9829.
Literally, feral cats are eating all of Australia’s wildlife
|A hunger strike, to a feral cat, means lunch! © www.abcbirds.org|
Australia wants its cats dead. But not because it’s a nation of fanatical dog people — rather, the country’s enormous feral cat population now constitutes a major threat to its biodiversity. To save the country’s native wildlife, the cats need to go.
Due to hotter days, longer dry periods, and increasingly intense bush fires caused by climate change, Australia’s biodiversity is diminishing. Despite being one of the world’s 17 “megadiverse” countries, Australia has not done a bang-up job of protecting its wildlife. As mammalian extinction rates go, Australia’s is pretty dang high: Twenty-one percent of Australian native land mammals are threatened.
But, shockingly, climate change is actually not the No. 1 enemy of koalas and kangaroos: Feral cats are the “single biggest threat” to protecting Australia’s wildlife, according to a new piece from VICE News. There are about 20 million of these little cutthroat barbarians pawing, nuzzling, and murdering (in equal measure) their way across the continent, eating three to 20 animals each day — which adds up to a loss of 80 million native animals per week.
So, in a cruel but necessary gesture to save the country’s wildlife, the Australian government has pledged $2 million to slow their biodiversity loss by 2020 by killing as many feral cats as possible. Eliminating feral cat colonies altogether won’t be possible because they reproduce at high rates and are difficult to catch, but dammit, they’re going to keep trying. Here’s more from Vice:
For now, poisoned baits are the weapon of choice for population control. The largest programs for this method use aircraft to scatter baits across Australia’s vast outback. The aircraft can drop upwards of 60,000 baits across areas of over 1,000 square kilometers.
Until a stronger solution is found, endangered animals will have to be kept alive by isolating them from the vast swathes of the country where the cats roam unabated.
An entire continent terrorized by herds of meaner, angrier house cats sounds like the plot of a David Lynch movie, but this is real life. Who knew Miss Fluffs had it in her? – Grist.
Dead sperm whale found on beach in Pacifica, California
|The dead sperm whale found on Sharp Park State Beach. © Edgar Teran|
Biologists are heading to the San Mateo coast Wednesday morning to try and determine what killed an endangered sperm whale.
The 50-feet sperm whale was found bleeding from its head and into the water along at Mori Point on the south end of Sharp Park State Beach in Pacifica Tuesday.
WATCH: Dead Beached Sperm Whale In Pacifica.
On Wednesday, scientists from the Marine Mammal Center and the Academy of Sciences will perform a necropsy. They’ll have their work cut out for them since adult sperm whales can get up to 50 tons in size.
It’s unknown at this point if they will then leave the decomposing whale ashore or tow it out to sea.
Whale strandings are fairly rare. The Center said they do not see many stranded animals of this species, dead or alive, on shore. – CBS.
Great blue heron from North America turns up on the Isles of Scilly, UK
|The great blue heron. © Robin Mawer|
Scilly’s birdwatchers had a treat yesterday as what’s been described as a ‘mega rarity’ turned up.
A great blue heron was seen around Old Town Bay yesterday evening after making an earlier appearance around the Lower Moors of St Mary’s.
If it’s still here later today, it’s thought that it will encourage ornithologists to travel over because it is so unusual.
This is only the second sighting in the UK and Scilly of the bird, which is normally seen in North America or in the Canaries or Azores.
WATCH: Great Blue Heron in Scilly.
– Scilly Today.
Villager killed by elephant in Bankura, India
A villager was trampled to death by an elephant in Bankura district when he was returning home after attending ‘Gajan’ festivities last night.
50-year-old Swapan Bauri was cycling back home in Baguli village after attending ‘Gajan’ or ‘Charak Puja’ festivities in Kandashole village when he was chased by two male elephants.
One of the pachyderms lifted him by his trunk and then trampled him to death at Kadashole, Borjora Forest Ranger, Mohan Chandra Shit said today.
The villagers sat on a protest today demanding adequate compensation to the victim’s family following which the Forest Ranger was asked to be present at a meeting between the residents and the police at the local police station, he said.
The Ranger said as per official norms, Rs 1.25 lakh was paid as compensation to Bauri’s family and another Rs 1.25 lakh would be paid to them after his postmortem.
Man-elephant conflict is a problem in Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapur districts of the state as elephant herds from Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary of neighbouring Jharkhand migrate to the areas resulting in degradation of crops and property as well as injury and loss of human lives.
Massive die-off of fish in a reservoir in Longyan City, China
On the 13th, users dial the Herald Longyan news hotline 0597-2321280 reflect that, Longyan City Silla area within Wanan reservoir, a large area of dead fish events.
Herald reporter conducted an investigation. Wan Town party secretary responded by saying that the large area of dead fish incident was due to “bacterial infection” leads, currently being funded asked people fishing town of dead fish, and unified centralized sound processing.
|Wanan reservoir large area of dead fish incident, there is loss of 20 million fish farmers|
|“Bacterial infection” lead|
|Local Department said “bacterial infection” leads that will please people fishing and safe disposal of dead fish|
Event: more than 70 fish farmers affected
Zhu said the affected farmers, 10 days ago, box fish nets began to “take hold”, initially thought nothing, then began large-scale death. Up to now, a total of 20,000 kilograms of fish have died, the loss of about 20 million.
An insider said, the scene is dead fish every day for a long time weighing 1000 kilograms, died mainly “light fish.” He said many farmers directly to fish piled on the river and let it stink. It was also dead fish bagging son, hanging above a stone sink straight to the bottom. To a lesser extent the farmers, then dig a hole in the mountains, local landfill. He worries farmers dispose of dead fish, could easily lead to contamination.
According to reports, Wan-an upstream tributary of the Jiulong River Reservoir, the nineties, repair weir dam reservoir, and built a large-scale hydropower stations, the national water conservancy scenic spot.
Reservoirs have more than 70 fish farmers, has been farming for nearly 20 years. The more than 70 fish farmers are affected, and the loss of thousands of little pieces, and more loss of a family of about 20 million.
Yesterday, the Herald reporter was informed, freshwater and Longyan City, Fujian Institute of Agricultural Bureau senior technical staff, April 10 has been to the site field research. Initial diagnosis by laboratory tests: The reservoir water, high ammonia concentration, temperature normal, PH value is acidic, poor transparency; fish situation is more serious part of the fish farmers, the main species for light Spinibarbus; fish The main damage to the skin, gill disease and dual body sis (parasites) and so on.
Silla District, Longyan City, Town party secretary Chen Lei said the large dead fish incident was due to “bacterial infection” lead, not environmental pollution, and the specific reasons for the need to investigate the province of experts.
Animal Husbandry and Fisheries local station responsible 谢永兴 revealed that the reservoir farming for nearly 20 years, the reservoir sediment deposition serious, poor water environment.
Response: centralized treatment and disposal
According to reports, the condition occurs, the Silla District Agricultural Bureau and Wan Town government attaches great importance to immediately improve routine fish and water quality monitoring on the 10th of each month. In April 4th, 7th, 10th District Agricultural Bureau technical staff were in place for fish and water point for analysis, a number of early warning information on disease prevention and emergency measures taken to give to fish farmers to agricultural Bureau report.
Chen Lei said that at present, the town being funded asked people picked up the dead fish sink to the bottom, the town unified by a centralized harmless, prevent the “dead fish” into the market, maximize fish farmers recover losses. – MNW. [Translated]
Hundreds of dead fish litter ponds across northern Pennsylvania, United States
Evidence of how brutal this winter was is showing up at ponds in Pennsylvania, including one in Luzerne County. Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission says the bitterly cold winter killed off nearly the entire fish population at Harris Pond in Sweet Valley. Harris Pond is a popular fishing spot for those who live in and around the Sweet Valley area of Luzerne County.
“That`s bad. That`s terrible. A lot of people fish in there. The public fishes there a lot,” said John Kobal of Sweet Valley.
Hundreds of dead fish have already been cleared from the pond, but if you walk along the water`s edge more are still surfacing.
Harris Pond isn’t the only place dealing with dead fish.
“My buddy he has a little pond and all his fish died. It`s small. That`s the first I heard and then down at Harris Pond,” Kobal added.
WATCH: Fish Killed off by Winter.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says it has received more than 100 phone calls about ponds filled with dead fish throughout the northeastern part of the state.
“It happens in shallow ponds when we have severe winters. Basically all the oxygen gets used up and the fish die,” said Robert Wnuk with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Wnuk added that it`s known as a “winter kill,” and it`s something they`ve dealt with before.
“It doesn`t happen a lot, only when we get these really severe winters when you have really prolonged ice and snow cover. That`s what keeps the pond from replenishing the oxygen,” Wnuk added.
The Fish and Boat Commission will restock ponds, like Harris Pond, in the summer. However it says it will take years for the fish population to return to what it once was. – WNEP.
Shark kills surfer, 13, off Reunion in Indian Ocean
A 13-year-old boy has been killed by a shark off the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion.
The teenager, named as Elio, was surfing in an off-limits section of water off the west coast, when he was attacked on Sunday morning.
In a statement, local authorities said they had deployed specialist boats in an attempt to locate the shark.
There have been 16 such attacks on the island since 2007. Seven people have died.
The young victim was said to have been a promising surfer. Rescuers arrived at the scene quickly but were unable to save him.
In February, after a non-fatal shark attack, a ban was imposed on all water activities outside areas monitored by lifeguards. – BBC.
Man killed by crocodile in Caribbean resort of Cancun
|Crocodile (File photo)|
A tourist from Tlaxcala, a state in central Mexico, died over the weekend when a crocodile attacked him and dragged him underwater in the Bojorquez Lagoon near the hotel in the Caribbean resort of Cancun, according to local police.
Marco Antonio Sanchez Fernandez, 31, was said to have been drunk when he went for the swim that delivered him into the jaws of the beast.
Ignoring signs posted to warn the public of the threat of crocodiles, Sanchez Fernandez and another person went for a dip in the lagoon in the Punta Cancun district around 6:00 p.m.
Alerted by the sound of the swimmers, the two-metre-long (6.5-foot) crocodile left the bank of the lagoon and slipped into the water.
According to a Yucatan Times report, passersby and police patrolmen witnessed the imminent peril and shouted at the swimmers to get out of the lagoon, but only one of them complied.
By the time the doomed man tried to make it to shore, it was too late. The reptile snatched him and yanked him into deeper water.
About 12 hours after the grisly scene unfolded, Sanchez Fernandez’s remains were found around 6:00 a.m. on Sunday close to the site of the attack.
The coroner’s office stated that Sanchez Fernandez drowned and his body bore bite wounds typical of an attack by a large crocodile.
“It did not eat him, it dragged him until he drowned. There is no detachment of any extremity, the body is intact,” the Quintana Roo state police said.
Police reportedly determined the victim’s name from identification found on the body. – Caribbean 360.