Animal Behavior, Methane Poisoning, Dead or Alive and on the move (+ interactive map)

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When Planet X entered the inner Solar System in late 2002 - early 2003, it was not just the Earth that reacted, as it did with an increase in earthquakes, volcanism and extreme weather, the animal life on Earth also started showing signs of the approaching monster.

The most noticeable symptoms were:

  • Crazy Animal Behaviour:  Reports of bizarre behaviour including animal attacks from normally passive creatures and spiders spinning webs over whole fields.
  • Confused Animals:  Whales and dolphins stranding themselves on beaches in droves or getting lost upstream in coastal rivers.
  • Large fish and bird kills:  Flocks of birds falling dead from the sky and shoals of fish dying and floating to the surface of lakes, rivers and washing up along coastlines.

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Crazy Animal Behaviour

Reports of crazy animal behaviour have included sheep that charged a farmer’s wife off a cliff, deer attacking a car and rabbits biting pedestrians.  Spiders have spun webs over whole fields and caterpillar larvae have covered whole trees in silk.

As usual, the Zetas explain the true causes:

http://www.zetatalk.com/transfor/t154.htm (Jan 11th 2003)

Animal behavior also has been noted as almost crazed, where animals normally passive and seeking to avoid confrontation will attack with provocation, or fly in the wrong direction during migration. This is due to signals the animals or insects get from the core of the Earth, signals not known to man, but nonetheless there.  [……]  Spiders weaving webs to an extreme so that acres are covered under webs, get noted, but the base behavior is normal for a spider.  EOZT

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Confused Animals

Other erratic behaviour among animals included a seeming loss of direction with whales and dolphins swimming inland and stranding themselves on beaches.

Unreliable Compasses  (March 28th, 2009)

The compass is unreliable for the past few years, and lately has gotten very extreme in its variance. Many animals and insects have a biological compass, recording during migrations where that compass laid, and when taking a return trip relying on the recording to guide them back. If the Earth's N Pole swings away from the press of Planet X, which is increasingly pointing its N Pole at the Earth, then these animals are not given correct clues and aim for land or up a river. Sad to say, this will only get worse as the last weeks and the pole shift loom on the horizon.   EOZT

Are due to the Magnetic Clash   (July 1st, 2006)

The compass anomaly, swinging to the East, is indicative of the Earth adjusting to the approach of Planet X and the clash of their magnetic fields. The change is indicative of a clash in magnetic fields as Planet X comes ever closer to the Earth, their fields touching. It is the combined field that Earth must adjust to, and continue to adjust to, not the exact position of the N Pole of Planet X within these fields, and the Sun's magnetic field enters into the equation too. This dramatic change, noted by a conscientious tracker, checking dual compasses daily for years, indicates that the Earth is trying to align side-by-side with Planet X, bringing its magnetic N Pole to point toward the Sun, as Planet X is currently doing in the main. These adjustments are temporary, and change about, as magnets can make dramatic and swift changes in their alignment with each other. Put a number of small magnets on a glass, with iron ore dust, and move a large magnet about under them, and watch the jerking about they do. Are we saying the Earth's magnetic field is going to get more erratic in the future, dramatically so? There is no question that this will be one of the signs that will come, yet another not covered by the Global Warming excuse.   EOZT

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Large fish and bird kills

Hundreds, if not thousands, of these events have taken place with the frequency increasing year on year.  Poignant examples include the 20 tonnes of dead herring which washed ashore in Norway and 1200 pelicans found on a beach in Peru.

Earth Farts  (January 9th, 2007)

We have explained, in great detail, that the stretch zone does not register great quakes when rock layers pull apart and sink, as this is a silent Earth change. Nancy has carefully documented breaking water and gas mains, derailing trains, dislocating bridge abutments, mining accidents, and outbreaks of factory explosions, showing that these have occurred in rashes on occasion, when the rock layers pulled apart. [……]  In September-October of 2005, a smell of rotten eggs was sensed from LA to Thunder Bay on Lake Superior to the New England states and throughout the South-Eastern US. We explained at that time that this was due to rock layers being pulled apart, releasing gas from moldering vegetation trapped during prior pole shifts, when rock layers were jerked about, trapping vegetation. We explained in March of 2002 that black water off the coast of Florida was caused by this phenomena. Do these fumes cause people to sicken, and birds to die? Mining operations of old had what they called the canary in a birdcage, to warn the miners of methane gas leaks. Birds are very sensitive to these fumes, and die, and this is indeed what happened in Austin, TX. Were it not for the explosions associated with gas leaks, it would be common knowledge that gas leaks sicken, as the body was not structured to breathe such air for long.   EOZT

 

Zetatalk Explanation  (January 8th, 2011)

Dead fish and birds falling from the sky are being reported worldwide, suddenly. This is not a local affair, obviously. Dead birds have been reported in Sweden and N America, and dead fish in N America, Brazil, and New Zealand. Methane is known to cause bird dead, and as methane rises when released during Earth shifting, will float upward through the flocks of birds above. But can this be the cause of dead fish? If birds are more sensitive than humans to methane release, fish are likewise sensitive to changes in the water, as anyone with an aquarium will attest. Those schools of fish caught in rising methane bubbles during sifting of rock layers beneath them will inevitably be affected. Fish cannot, for instance, hold their breath until the emergency passes! Nor do birds have such a mechanism.   EOZT

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Thursday

17/01/2017 13h47 - Updated on 17/01/2017 13h47

Hundreds of fish found dead in Petrolina lagoon, PE

Lagoa is in the Jatobá neighborhood, East Zone of Petrolina.
Low oxygenation or some kind of poison may have caused the deaths.

From G1 Petrolina

Falta de oxigenação pode ter ocasionado morte dos peixes (Foto: Aracelly Romão / TV Grande Rio) Lack of oxygenation may have caused the death of fish (Photo: Aracelly Romão / Grande Rio TV)

Hundreds of fish were found dead Tuesday in a pond in the Jatobá neighborhood, east side of Petrolina, in the Sertão de Pernambuco. It is not yet known what caused the death of the fish, all of the tilapia species.

The fish died on Monday night (16). When the day dawned, the residents of the area were frightened. "I did not even think I had that much fish here. Yesterday I had a little bit, today it has appeared more and for sure they will die everything, as it is there, there is no escape, "said area supervisor Osmando Sabino.

One of the main hypotheses to explain what happened is that the water may have become warmer, which has reduced the amount of oxygen. Unable to breathe, the fish died. Ibama was on the spot and does not rule out another possibility for the fish's death.

Peixes foram encontrados mortos nesta terça-feira (17) (Foto: Aracelly Romão / TV Grande Rio) Fish were found dead on Tuesday
(17) (Photo: Aracelly Romão / TV Grande Rio)

"It is not ruled out that someone has thrown some poison, given that the land is fully open and has access to the public. Here comes direct sewage, so someone may have spilled a poison glass in a sewage box and I came to stop here, "said Ibama's fishing engineer, Vanderlei Pinheiro.

According to Ibama, the investigation is compromised because of the amount of sewage that is released into the lagoon. The fishing engineer warns that the population will not eat dead fish under any circumstances.

"Do not let the people consume, do not let the people fish and dry to avoid access to the public. If he had an award that could be held responsible, Ibama would file a bill against the company or individual or legal entity, with a fine of R $ 5,000 to R $ 50,000, plus a penalty of three years imprisonment, "Vanderlei said.

In a statement, the Municipal Environment Agency (Amma) said it will send technicians to the site to have an analysis of what may have caused the death of the fish. He was not informed when the animals will be removed from the pond. According to Amma, the lagoon works irregularly as a sewage stabilization pond that caters to the surrounding condos and which has a low concentration of oxygen, which may have killed the fish.

Compesa confirmed that in the Jatobá neighborhood there is no stabilization pond built by the company. The agency took the opportunity to inform that to put the collector system in operation in the Jatobá neighborhood, is completing projects and closing partnerships. Works are expected to start in the first half of this year.

https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Tuesday

Dozens of whales dead off South Florida coast

81 false killer whales confirmed dead, 13 unaccounted for

Posted: 2:16 PM, January 16, 2017

HOG KEY, Fla. - Dozens of whales have been found dead off the coast of South Florida in Everglades National Park.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that, as of Monday afternoon, 81 false killer whales are confirmed dead among a group of 95 that stranded themselves over the weekend.

Thirteen whales are unaccounted for, while one was seen alive.

The group beached themselves off Hog Key in the western edge of the Everglades.

NOAA claims that this is the largest beaching of this species in the history of the state. Forty false killer whales beached themselves in 1989 in Cedar Key.

False killer whales are members of the dolphin family and reach lengths up to 20 feet.

NOAA has asked the public to stay away from the area and to keep boats a safe distance away.

Source: http://www.ksat.com/news/dozens-of-whales-dead-off-south-florida-coast

Comment by Howard on January 9, 2017 at 3:42am

Dozens of Birds Fall from the Sky in Western Pennsylvania (Dec 30)

Drivers on Route 22 were disturbed to see dozens of blackbirds that fell from the sky and onto the highway.

Terrence Haynes and his wife were driving east on Route 22 Friday when suddenly traffic slowed near the Route 512 exit. At first, it looked like shredded tires scattered all over the road, Haynes said. As they drove closer, it became clear that the black objects were birds.

"I'm not kidding when I say it was one of the most terrible things I've ever seen," Haynes said.

David Godiska of Whitehall came upon a similar scene around 1:45 p.m. while driving east near what he thought was the Fullerton Avenue exit. Traffic slowed suddenly, he said.

"I thought maybe there was an accident and then I saw something fall from the sky," he said. "There were some fluttering on the shoulder of the road. I couldn't avoid hitting them, and I thought that is really strange."

Godiska estimated that there were dozens of birds. They covered the road and nearby embankments, he said.

Six weeks prior on November 22, residents in southern New Jersey reported a shower of as many as 200 red-winged blackbirds in a housing development surrounded by farm fields, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Three weeks before that incident, a couple dozen dead birds were found in the same neighborhood. Earlier in 2016, a similar situation was reported in a North Jersey farming area, the Inquirer reported.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection conducted tests on the dead birds but was unable to determine what made them fall from the sky, the newspaper said.

It is not known what type of birds were killed in the December 30 incident. Witnesses and state police described the birds as small and black. Godiska said the birds were the size of Starlings.

Sources

http://www.mcall.com/news/mc-birds-fall-from-sky-folo-20170103-stor...

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20161227_Why_are_birds...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 2, 2017 at 9:02pm

http://www.thebigwobble.org/2017/01/tens-of-thousands-of-dead-starf...

Monday, 2 January 2017

Tens of thousands of dead starfish wash up along the Dutch coast! "Dead starfish as far as the eye can see!

Dead starfish as far as the eye can see. Photo: Martin Kool

Tens of Thousands of dead starfish have been washed up on the beach near the seaside resort of Callantsoog, just 20 minutes from the home of The Big Wobble, the dead starfish stretch further than the eye can see!
Only those close to beach pavilions are being cleared up.
The dead sea creatures will be cleared from a 2km stretch of strand to stop the smell disturbing winter beach goers, Schagen council said on Thursday.
The starfish were washed up along several parts of the North Sea coast earlier this week.
Arthur Oosterbaan, of the marine research group Ecomare told local broadcaster RTVNH strong winds have stirred up the water and the low temperatures made the starfish sleepy and unable to stay on the sea bed.
They were then brought up by the tide.
Mass starfish strandings happen fairly rarely. In December 2014, an estimated 100,000 starfish were washed up on a beach in South Carolina.
In 2012, some 50,000 were stranded on an Irish beach.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 27, 2016 at 11:59pm

https://www.sott.net/article/337826-6000-dead-fish-found-in-rivers-...

6,000 dead fish found in rivers of Baltimore County, Maryland

About 6,000 fish were found to have died in eastern Baltimore County waterways, according to a Maryland Department of the Environment investigation.

Preliminary results point to algae-created toxins as the likely cause of the fish kill, which was discovered last week after dead fish were first seen in rivers that include the Gunpowder and Bird, said MDE spokesperson Jay Apperson Monday evening.

The kill has affected at least nine species: yellow perch, largemouth bass, bluegill sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, carp, black crappie, gizzard shad, spottail shiner and channel catfish.

Residents are urged to avoid the dead fish or wash their hands if they need to handle or dispose of the fish.

A department investigator who is on site today in response to the received reports "saw fish that continue to show signs of stress," Apperson said.

The investigation has not shown any signs of pollution as a potential cause, suggesting instead that the kill is due to toxins produced by algae, he said.

"Monitoring has shown elevated cell counts of Karlodinium venifecum algae in the Gunpowder River," Apperson said. "We are awaiting results of laboratory tests for algae toxins and of fish tissue. The investigation is ongoing."

Apperson noted fish kills are relatively common and vary widely in size. MDE reports 86 fish kills in 2015, and it counts 55 fish kills of 100,000 or more fish since Maryland began investigating the issue in 1984.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 27, 2016 at 7:15pm

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20161227_Why_are_birds...

Why are these birds falling from the sky in South Jersey?

Updated: December 27, 2016 — 1:07 AM EST

SHILOH, N.J. - Weather-wise, it had been a fairly typical November day, two days before Thanksgiving, in the western Cumberland County agricultural community of Stow Creek Township - mostly sunny, with a bit of a nip in the air.

Then, all of a sudden, it was raining dead birds.

And by the time the brief "shower" was over, as many as 200 red-winged blackbirds littered the ground in a small housing development off Frank Davis Road surrounded by vast farm fields.

"They just fell from the sky," said Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

It was the second time in less than three weeks that a die-off of blackbirds had occurred in the same rural neighborhood; the first time, a couple of dozen dead birds were found. A similar incident had happened in a North Jersey farming area earlier in the year, Hajna said.

After county agricultural agents had been notified by homeowners, the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife arrived in Stow Creek and removed the birds, collecting some of them to be sent to a state lab for necropsy, toxicology, and histopathology tests.

But the results of all the tests were inconclusive, Hajna said last week.

"We did ascertain that the birds suffered trauma and internal bleeding from hitting the ground," Hajna said. "But what made them fall from the sky in the first place . . . we can't say for certain."

Even wheat seed from a nearby farmer's field was collected and tested for chemical compounds by the University of Pennsylvania. The farmer told the DEP's Bureau of Pesticides that the seed had been treated with the fungicides difenoconazole, mefenoxam and sedaxane, and the insecticide imidacloprid. None of those compounds is considered harmful to birds and none of the chemicals was found to be among those that are sometimes used by farmers to control "nuisance" species like blackbirds, Hajna said.

And while animals falling from the sky is not a usual occurrence, it does happen across the globe: besides birds, fish and frogs seem to be the most common.

In 1998, about 10,000 birds, all Lapland longspurs, rained down and died on fields in Minnesota and Iowa after they became disoriented in a snowstorm. Fish can sometimes get caught up in whirlwinds and in meteorological waterspouts and can be carried great distances, such as in 2010, when some striped bass ended up in a Massachusetts backyard about 20 miles from the seacoast.

While it is not illegal in New Jersey for farmers to attempt to protect their crops and control populations of such species as blackbirds, crows, grackles and magpies, agriculturists must follow certain protocols in using such chemical compounds so that the usage does not damage crops, contaminate feed for livestock, create groundwater hazards, or in any way effect endangered and threatened species of animals and plants.

Populations of red-winged blackbirds are robust, and they are not considered a threatened or endangered species. They are therefore exempt from state and federal regulations that protect some migratory birds, officials said.

Birding officials said habitat loss globally poses a much greater threat to all bird species than do incidents of bird die-offs.

Hajna said the state ultimately ruled out that the kill-off was caused pesticide poisoning because of the "highly localized nature" of the mortalities. The bird deaths also were not likely caused by compounds reported in wheat seeds planted in an agricultural field, nor were they the result of infectious disease.

"We have determined that the deaths were not caused by pesticides commonly known to be toxic to wildlife and not likely caused by compounds reported in wheat seed planted in an agricultural field," Hajna said.

A similar die-off occurred in nearby Millville in 2012, and it was later determined that a farmer had legally used a chemical to keep blackbirds from his crop. About 300 birds were reported dead in that incident, Hajna said.

But the dead birds falling from the sky here last month has left some residents here worried about the cause.

"Out in the country like this, you find dead stuff lying around all the time . . . but this was kind of weird," said resident Debbie Hitchner, 32, who said she found a half-dozen of the dead blackbirds in her Frank Davis Road backyard after the incident was reported. "My dog just kept finding them, one after the other."

and another:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/fish-kill-off-st-mary-s-b...

Why are dead lobsters, crabs and herring washing up along this Nova Scotia shore?

Boxing Day find comes after weeks of reports of dead herring washing up along shores

CBC News Posted: Dec 27, 2016 11:46 AM AT Last Updated: Dec 27, 2016 12:26 PM AT

Halifax resident Eric Hewey was home in Digby, N.S., visiting for the holidays when he got a call from friends on Boxing Day summoning him to the beach below Savary Park in nearby Plympton.

"They said we've got to come down and look at the beach."

On Tuesday Hewey described when he found when he arrived at the beach as sad: lots of dead herring — an ongoing and as yet unexplained problem — but also dead starfish, lobsters, bar clams, scallops and crabs.

'A very striking and terrible scene'

Ted Leighton is a retired veterinary pathologist who has been tracking the dead herring reports.

He hadn't been to the beach to see the most recent findings, but he's seen Hewey's pictures and noted it's a place dead herring have been found before.

"It's a very striking and terrible scene," he said in an interview on Tuesday.

Leighton said he's most struck by the assortment of species Hewey and others found on Boxing Day. Other than most likely all being from the bottom of St. Mary's Bay, Leighton can't see any other obvious link.

Savary Park lobster

While he has no idea what caused the kill, Leighton said the fact it cut across so many different species likely rules out some kind of infectious disease, because they tend to have a narrow range.

"A particular virus, for example, might affect several different species of fish but it's unlikely to affect people and it's unlikely to affect clams."

His first question is whether it has anything to do with the death of the herring. Leighton doesn't know, but he also noted herring have been dying for more than a month but this is the first time anyone has reported anything like this.

Savary Park fish

"It would seem to be at least a new phenomenon, but since we don't know why the herring are dying, we can hardly say with any surety that, 'Well, these other things can't be dying of that.' So I think we have to be open-minded about this."

Leighton said it needs to be determined if this has happened anywhere else and it also needs to be confirmed that all of the animals on the beach near Plympton did, in fact, come from St. Mary's Bay.

Researchers need to get to the bottom of the bay and see what's happening, he said.

Savary Park dead fish

Dead fish and other aquatic creatures were discovered washed up on a beach in Plympton, Digby County on Boxing Day. (Eric Hewey)

"In a die-off of water-dwelling creatures like that ... one of the first things you want to do is go out to where it is happening and measure everything you can about the water, because that's what they live in."

It's also the only way to know if the environment is changing, he said.

Leighton noted the most recent discovery and discussion are the result of "citizen scientists," such as Hewey, and posts on social media. He hopes people keep patrolling the beaches and reporting any findings.

"That will really help us think through the kinds of things that might have caused it."

A representative with Fisheries and Oceans Canada could not be reached for comment.

Comment by Howard on December 21, 2016 at 3:44am

Another Massive Fish Kill in Southern England (Dec 19)

Hundreds of thousands of dead fish have washed ashore on a Cornish beach for the 2nd time this month.

Witnesses said the fish stretched “as far as the eye could see” along Marazion beach.

Lyn Barton, from Penzance, was walking along the beach and said: ”It is truly astonishing. I have never seen anything like it before. There are literally hundreds of thousands of fish washed up on the shoreline."

It comes just two weeks after thousands of dead fish were found washed up on another Cornish beach.

Walkers made that discovery on Pentewan beach near St Austell.

The dead fish – which were mackerel or herring – were also packed along the water’s edge.

At the time, James Wright, curator of the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, told the BBC such events normally occurred in summer when mackerel followed prey into warmer waters.

“It’s quite unusual for fish to want to leave the water, it’s usually a result of panic, because of a predator, but at this time of year that would be unusual.

Source

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2428830/mystery-as-tens-of-thousands-...

Comment by Mark on December 13, 2016 at 11:06am

Methane Levels Have Spiked A Worrying Amount And No One Is Sure Why

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/methane-surge-global-warming-...

Methane gas emissions are growing faster now than at any time in the last two decades, threatening efforts to limit global warming to two degrees celsius.

Scientists have warned that the proliferation of the powerful greenhouse gas could undermine progress made to curb other emissions like carbon dioxide.

A team of international scientists found that methane emissions began to surge in 2007 and shot up in 2014 and 2015 by 10 parts per billion each year.

While the cause of the spike is unclear, scientists suspect it comes from agricultural sources around the tropics, like rice paddies and cattle pastures.

There’s significantly less methane in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, but it’s much more potent, trapping 28 times more heat.

“The levelling off we’ve seen in the last three years for carbon dioxide emissions is strikingly different from the recent rapid increase in methane,” said Robert Jackson, a co-author of the paper and a Professor in Earth System Science at Stanford University.

The results are “worrisome but provide an immediate opportunity for mitigation that complements efforts for carbon dioxide”, Jackson added.

Researchers looked at a range of information to make the calculations, including inventories of methane emissions, computer models and air measurements.

Methane growth was stagnant from 2000 to 2006, but surged after 2007, according to the analysis.

“Why this change happened is still not well understood,” said Marielle Saunois, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of Université de Versailles Saint Quentin and researcher at Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement in France.

“For the last two years especially, the growth rate has been faster than for the years before. It’s really intriguing.”

Comment by SongStar101 on December 12, 2016 at 11:07am

Thousands of snow geese die in Montana

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/07/thousands-of-snow-g...

Several thousand snow geese have died after a snowstorm forced large flocks to take refuge in the acidic, metal-laden waters of an old open pit mine in Montana.

Mark Thompson, environmental affairs manager for mine company Montana Resources, said witnesses described the pit as like “700 acres of white birds” on 28 November.

Along with Atlantic Richfield, Montana Resources is responsible for Berkeley Pit in Butte.

Since 28 November, employees of MR and Arco had used spotlights, noise makers and other efforts to scare or “haze” the birds off the water and prevent others from landing.

The companies estimated that more than 90% of the birds had been chased off by 29 November, Thompson said.

Workers received some advance notice about the incoming flock from an off-duty Montana Resources employee about 25 miles away, who called to report there were about 25,000 geese in the air in Anaconda, Thompson said.

“I can’t underscore enough how many birds were in the Butte area that night,” Thompson said. “Numbers beyond anything we’ve ever experienced in our 21 years of monitoring by several orders of magnitude.”

The employees worked hard to save the birds, he said.

Typically, Butte sees between 2,000 and 5,000 birds all year, including spring and water migration, Thompson said.

The estimated death toll is based on drone and aircraft flights over the pit, which holds about 45bn gallons (175bn litres) of water.

Thompson said federal and state agencies were still confirming the number of dead geese. Nonetheless the company expected the total would be many times more than the 342 that died in 1995, prompting a mitigation effort that seeks to protect birds from the toxic water.

The companies would investigate to try and determine what circumstances led to “this kind of perfect storm”, with thousands of birds making a late migration and then facing a snowstorm at a time that Berkeley Pit had the only open water in the area.

Comment by SongStar101 on December 5, 2016 at 10:50am


Different species of rare whale washed up on same beach on same day


http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2016/12/02/different-species-rare-wha...

EXPERTS are investigating after two different species of rare whale were washed up near the same town on the same day.

Locals found a Sowerby’s beaked whale on Dunnet Beach near Thurso, Caithness, on Thursday morning.

Later the same day the carcass of a bloodied Pygmy sperm whale was discovered on the same beach.

Both whales are due to be examined by experts Scottish Marine Animal Stranding-Scheme this week to determine the cause of death.

But the fact that two rarely-seen species of whale were found dead together has led some locals to ask whether Royal Navy vessels were in the area at the time.

Donald Mitchell said: “Two rarish species at the same time in the same area. Has the MoD been active in the area?”

Cathie MacLeod wrote: “So sad to see these beautiful creatures dead on a beach.”

And Scott Youngson, who discovered the Sowerby, said: “Sad sight on Dunnet Beach this morning. Sowerby’s beaked whale, quite rare I’m told.”

Sowerby’s beaked whales prefer deep waters and mainly spend their time along continental shelf edges so sightings in Hebridean waters are rare and records include stranded animals.

They extend along the east coast of North America and Canada, offshore in open waters, and from northern Africa to the Scandinavian coast.

One of last reported sightings was last year when the carcass of a young Sowerby’s beaked whale was discovered off the Isle of Lewis.

A post mortem revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma that resulted in a fractured lower jaw and meant the whale being unable to feed.

Pygmy sperm whales inhabit waters as far south as New Zealand, whilst Scottish waters represent its most northerly limit, but sightings in Hebridean waters are extremely rare.

Since formal records began in 1913, there were only eight strandings on the British coast from 1980 to 2006, mostly in southwest England and Wales.

In 1999 an adult female and a calf of unknown sex stranded at Loch Ryan, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway and believed to be the first sighting recorded in Scottish waters.

In 2011 the Royal Navy were found to be responsible for the death of 19 pilot whales after setting off underwater bombs.

A report by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs says that the noise from the explosions could have damaged the hearing and navigational abilities of the whales, causing them to beach and die.

Last year the SNP called on the Ministry of Defence to give assurances that no more bombs will be exploded underwater in Scottish seas in a bid to prevent further damage being done to sea creatures.

The Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme confirmed they would be examining the remains but declined to comment until post postmortems had been done.

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