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 yesterday

http://www.sott.net/article/311636-Fish-rain-down-on-Dire-Dawa-Ethi...

Sun, 07 Feb 2016

Fish rain down on Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:31 UTC

Residents of Dire Dawa observed the rains of fish in the town. According to sources, it was dust particles that was dropping in balls. Later the fish drop everywhere. The residents are familiar with such a rain since it rain in the past.

While asked his comments on the unusual incident Haromaya University Academician in the field of Meteorology and Climate Mr Efrem Mamo said such incidents are common in areas where ocean currents and winds are heavier than the usual. Mamo who said he had once heard similar thing happening in Hawasa about 10 years ago added, to have a clear view on today's happening it will be necessary knowing recent day's metrological data of Dire Dawa town.

Source: gudnew.com

Comment by Howard yesterday

The location of dead birds reported in Starr's post below coincides with mystery booms heard in January - Wichita, Kansas.

http://ksn.com/2016/01/24/loud-booms-bring-deputies-firefighters-to...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Friday

http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/Dozens-of-birds-found-dead-in-Wi...

The man in the video said they were dropping from the sky.

Dozens of birds found dead in Wichita neighborhood

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -- About 40 Starlings were found dead on a street and in a neighborhood in West Wichita on Wednesday.

"It's kind of weird," said Seth Dugan, who works nearby.

The birds were found dead on Carr Avenue, south of Kellogg and Maize Road.

"Completely clear and then come back out 20 minutes later and there was a ton of birds laying out here and people were stopping and taking pictures on their cell phones," said Dugan.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Wichita Fire Department responded to the scene and gathered the dead birds. The Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism also responded and investigated the cause of death.

Wildlife Biologist Charlie Cope has ruled out poison and guns as the cause of death.

"Occasionally, a couple may come in contact with electrical line," said Cope. "Those birds being in contact and getting electrocuted, that would be my best guess based on years of doing this."

Cope added that Starlings are not protected by federal or state law as they are an "invasive species" and not native to North America.

If you need assistance with picking up stray, sick, injured, or dead animals, call your local animal control agency. The Wichita Animal Control can be reached at 350-3360

Comment by SongStar101 on Wednesday

North Sea whale death toll rises to 23 as another eight are washed up on German coast after mass beachings across Europe

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3427195/The-gentle-giants-g...

  • Eight dead sperm whales have washed up on a German beach near the northern town of Friedrichskoog 
  • They were lying close to each other in the mudflats of a restricted area of the Wadden Sea national park 
  • The total number of whales dying after becoming beached on the coast of northern Europe has risen to 23 
  • Three sperm whales died after they washed up on a Skegness beach and were taken to landfill to avoid vandals  
  • Shocking pictures later emerged of 'trophy' hunters hacking at the bodies and stealing teeth

Eight dead sperm whales have died after they were washed up on a German beach today, taking the total number of dead whales to 23 after a devastating number of beachings during the past month across northern Europe.

The eight whales found near the northern town of Friedrichskoog were young bulls, around the same age as the animals discovered three weeks ago at various North Sea spots.

They were lying close to each other in the mudflats of a restricted area of the Wadden Sea national park, the Schleswig-Holstein regional environmental authority said in a statement.

Since the 1990s, a total of 82 sperm wales have been found stranded in the Wadden Sea in Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany.

The sperm whale is the largest of the toothed whales, and the largest toothed predator.It can measure up to 20 metres (67 feet) long and weigh over 50 tonnes.

'The males of this population spend their winters in the north Atlantic.During their migrations, individual animals mistakenly wind up in the shallow and nutrient-poor North Sea,' the authority said.

The shallow water makes it difficult for them to use their acoustic orientation to navigate and many become beached.

Wildlife protection groups also blame the underwater noise from sea traffic and oil platforms for interfering with acoustic signals.

Comment by SongStar101 on Tuesday

Scientists think Gulf of Alaska seabird die-off is biggest ever recorded

https://www.adn.com/article/20160129/scientists-think-gulf-alaska-s...

The mass of dead seabirds that have washed up on Alaska beaches in past months is unprecedented in size, scope and duration, a federal biologist said at an Anchorage science conference.

The staggering die-off of common murres, the iconic Pacific seabirds sometimes likened to flying penguins, is a signal that something is awry in the Gulf of Alaska, said Heather Renner, supervisory wildlife biologist at the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

“We are in the midst of perhaps the largest murre die-off ever recorded,” Renner told the Alaska Marine Science Symposium on Thursday. While there have been big die-offs of murres and other seabirds in the past, recorded since the 1800s, this one dwarfs most of them, Renner said.

 “This event is almost certainly larger than the murres killed in the Exxon Valdez oil spill,” she said.

After that spill -- at the time, the nation's largest -- about 22,000 dead murres were recovered by crews conducting extensive beach searches in the four months after the tanker grounding, according to the Exxon Valdez Trustee Council, the federal-state panel that administers funds paid to settle spill-related claims for natural-resource damages. 

Now, hundreds and thousands of dead murres are turning up on a wide variety of Alaska beaches, including nearly 8,000 discovered this month on a mile-long stretch in Whittier, she said. A preliminary survey in Prince William Sound has already turned up more than 22,000 dead murres there, she said. Starving, dying and dead murres are showing up far from their marin..., in inland places as distant as Fairbanks, hundreds of miles from the Gulf of Alaska coast, making the die-off exceptionally large in geographic scale.

Even if she weren’t an expert, the bird die-off would be obvious to Renner. She lives in Homer, where the beaches are “littered” with murre carcasses, she said.

“You can’t walk more than a few feet without finding murres,” she said.

Since only a small proportion of those killed ever show up as carcasses on the shore -- past studies put that proportion at 15 percent -- the actual death toll is likely much higher, Renner said.

The murre die-off began last spring, making it an especially long-lasting event. It coincides with widespread deaths of other marine animals, from whales in the Gulf of Alaska to sea lions in California. The die-off is overwhelmingly affecting common murres rather than thick-billed murres, which are closely related but tend to use slightly more western and northwestern waters from the Aleutians to the Chukchi Sea.

The immediate cause of the bird deaths is starvation.

“They just simply aren’t able to find the food that they need to survive,” Renner said. Necropsies conducted by the National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin found the dead murres were emaciated, with no food in their gastrointestinal systems and no fat on their bodies.

But what's behind the starvation?

Renner said biologists are focusing on three potential culprits that may be working independently or in concert with one another. And a common thread is heat, likely related to the “Blob” of warm water that persisted in 2014 and 2015 in the North Pa... and pushed temperatures as much as 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal.

“Warm water is implicated,” she said.

Warmer waters might have affected murre food supplies or altered the birds' food needs by changing their metabolism, she said. Many past die-offs have been associated with warm waters, supporting the argument that the Blob is to blame, she said. The investigation is complicated because biologists have unanswered questions about the winter diet of murres, birds famous for their deep dives to forage for fish in summer.

“We know a lot more about what they eat in the summer than what they eat in the winter,” Renner said.

Another suspect is a series of strong storms that might have scattered already stressed birds this winter, she said.

A third suspect is harmful algal blooms, which proliferate in warm waters and have been connected to some other marine animals' deaths.

So far, toxins associated with such algal blooms have not been found in dead murres examined by the National Wildlife Health Center. But it is possible that the signs of the toxins would have vanished long before the tests, even if they killed the birds, because the toxins don’t linger in body tissue and instead are generally found in food in animals’ digestive systems -- something missing from these murres’ carcasses.

Renner said she is not yet worried about the die-off threatening Alaska's overall common murre population, roughly estimated at 2.8 million.

Still, troubling signs warrant monitoring in the future.

A breeding colony in the Barren Islands that is usually teeming in late summer with adult murres tending their young was deserted this year, she said. The site, at East Amatuli Island, usually has nesting birds crowded into the cracks of the rock face, but this year, “nobody was home,” Renner said. “In more than three decades of monitoring murres in the Barrens, we’ve never had complete reproduction failure before.” Similar failures occurred at some other nesting colonies, though not at all, she said.

Common murres and whales -- which are the subject of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration investigation after several were found dead this summer -- are not the only Gulf of Alaska marine animals to fall victim to ailments believed to be related to warm waters in 2014 and 2015.

Tammy Hoem Neher, a NOAA scientist working with the multiagency program Gulf Watch Alaska, listed a wide range of changes in the marine systems observed during the period of unusual warmth.

Kachemak Bay saw an eight-fold increase in sea otter deaths, with carcasses showing signs of toxins produced by harmful algal blooms, Neher said at the symposium. Sea stars in Kachemak Bay in 2015 were found stricken with a wasting disease similar to that which has killed large numbers of the animals elsewhere on the U.S. West Coast, she said. One hypothesis is that the unusually warm waters exacerbated other stresses on the sea stars, she said.

But at least one Gulf of Alaska marine population thrived in the new conditions, Neher said. Fish-eating resident killer whales have feasted on big runs of salmon, fattening up without having to swim very far, she said.

“They kind of lazed around day to day,” she said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 1, 2016 at 4:46pm

http://www.ejinsight.com/20160201-mass-fish-deaths-reported-again-a...

Feb 1, 2016 11:55am

Mass fish deaths reported again at Shing Mun River

More dead fish were found in Shing Mun River in Sha Tin over the weekend, adding to the mysterious death of thousands of the creatures last month, according to reports.

Authorities are yet to reach a conclusion on the reason behind the mass fish deaths despite holding an inter-departmental meeting, RTHK reported.

Photos uploaded by a netizen Sunday onto Facebook showed dead fish over several hundreds of meters of a river bank near a residential development in Tai Wai.

Some citizens noted that similar scenes were captured by the cameras a few days ago.

The bad smell brought by the dead fish has annoyed local residents for quite some time, and some of them have even complained to their district councilors about potential sanitation issues.

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said a contractor has picked up about a ton of garbage, including dead fish, plants and other types of rubbish on Sunday.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, meanwhile, is reported to have sent its employees to collect water samples for lab tests.

According to the Drainage Services Department, cleaning work has been going on in the past few days.

Apple Daily quoted a cleaning worker as saying that more than a hundred bags, each weighing about three kilograms, had been collected from the Shing Mun River in recent days.

Most of the dead fish were croaker and mullet, according to the report.

 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 29, 2016 at 12:24am

Martha's Vineyard

http://www.mvtimes.com/2016/01/26/fish-bodies-on-the-lagoon-as-far-...

Wild Side: Fish bodies on the Lagoon, as far as the eye could see

 Jan 26, 2016

What might cause so many scup to perish?

One of many dead scup washed ashore, its eyes pecked out by fish crows. Photo by Matt Pelikan

“Fish bodies on the Lagoon” is the sort of email subject line that gets my attention. This particular email, sent on the evening of January 20th by my friend Jan Hyer, described large numbers of dead fish that had washed up on Oak Bluffs side of the Lagoon. Jan walks her dog to the shore of the Lagoon almost every day, so the beaching of the dead fish must have happened quite suddenly, likely on just one or two tides.

I stopped by the site early the next morning and found the narrow beach littered with dead scup. The view south was obstructed, but running my binoculars over the beach heading north, I made out fish for as far as I could see. Lanny MacDowell later reported more dead scup at the head of the Lagoon, and I surmise that dead fish were driven by west winds onto most of the Oak Bluffs shore. Thousands, conceivably tens of thousands, of scup, must have perished.

It’s a short list of things that typically cause such mass mortality in fish, and most of that list could be ruled out by season or location. A toxic spill large enough to poison the whole Lagoon would be hard to overlook, and would have killed other species as well. And winter, with cold temperatures putting the brakes on biological activity of all sorts, is not the usual season for either “hypoxic events” (when all the oxygen in the water is hogged by decaying organic matter) or outbreaks of toxic microbes or diatoms (“red tides”).

That left a sudden onset of cold weather, trapping fish in water too cold to tolerate, as the only possible culprit I could think of. Recent weather patterns — an incredibly mild December followed by a sudden turn onto Winter Street in January — certainly fit the description. The windy conditions around the time of the fish kill may have contributed, cooling the surface through evaporation and turning the water column over until the chill reached the depth of the bottom-loving scup — fish that shouldn’t have been here, but were snookered by mild weather into a lethal mistake.

Such incidents — mass scup mortality caused by sudden cold in early winter — turn out to be a well-known phenomenon (though rare enough so I, at least, have never seen one before). Researching such kills underscored my profound ignorance of scup, a homely fish that I promise never again to take for granted.

For one thing, though I’ve always assumed scup stay in our waters year-round, the little devils turn out to be quite migratory. Multitudes of scup summer around the Vineyard, in a variety of habitats, (though, like many fish, most often around underwater rocks or structures). These fish support vigorous recreational and commercial fisheries, but we are near the northern limit of their range and as weather cools during the fall, the population shifts southward and into deeper water (some reportedly winter as deep as 100 fathoms, flirting with the edge of the Continental Shelf). I would never have imagined these stubby fish could travel that far.

Moreover, this fish that I imagined was quite hardy turns out to be, in fact, rather delicate. A temperature of 45 degrees, multiple sources agree, represents a pretty precise lower limit that scup try very hard to avoid passing. They’re evidently happy up to a relatively warm 77 degrees, a temperature at which even I might consider entering the water.

Like many kinds of schooling fish, scup generally congregate in groups of similar age and size. The ones that died last week in the Lagoon were, accordingly, quite uniform, and quite hefty as this small-to-middlin’ species goes: The random specimen I examined closely spanned about 15 inches from nose to tail-tip and weighed a pound and a quarter. It would have weighed a bit more, but like 100 percent of the dead scup I looked at, its eyes had been eaten. This helpful service was probably performed by fish crows (a recent Wild Side column, mvtimes.com/2015/12/29/something-to-crow-about) summarizes the recent establishment of this compact crow species, which loves to forage on marine debris, on the Vineyard).

Comment by Howard on January 27, 2016 at 4:02am

Locust plagues being reported in Argentina and northwest Queensland in Australia.

Argentina Scrambles to Fight Biggest Plague of Locusts in 60 Years (Jan 25)

Farmers and fumigators in Argentina are running out of time as they scramble to control the country’s worst plague of locusts in more than half a century, officials warned on Monday.

The provincial authorities and Senasa, the government’s agricultural inspection agency, have intensified their efforts to exterminate swarms of the insects in the dry forests of northern Argentina. But their attempts might not be enough to prevent the locusts from developing into a flying throng in the coming days — when they will then threaten to devour crops like sunflowers and cotton, and grasslands for cattle grazing.

“It’s the worst explosion in the last 60 years,” Diego Quiroga, the agriculture agency’s chief of vegetative protection, said in a telephone interview. “It’s impossible to eradicate; the plague has already established itself. We’re just acting to make sure it’s the smallest it can be and does the least damage possible.”

Small pockets of locusts, which first appeared last June, at the start of winter in the Southern Hemisphere, have spread across an area of northern Argentina about the size of Delaware. The mild and rainy winter here created comfortable breeding conditions for the locusts; their surge outpaced the ability of the authorities to control the spread of the insects.

Farmers last year reported locust clouds that were more than four miles long and nearly two miles high, said Juan Pablo Karnatz, a representative for the Province of Santiago del Estero at the Rural Confederations of Argentina, which represents more than 100,000 farmers here.

In the past five years, Senasa, the agricultural agency, has seen an increase in the numbers of insects that can destroy crops — like fruit flies that threaten citrus groves — as a result of warmer, wetter winters.

Sources

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/26/world/americas/argentina-scramble...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyYYJiO-A54


Locust Plagues Wreak Havoc on Queensland Farms (Jan 27)

Plagues of locusts are causing nightmares for northwest Queensland graziers just weeks after their dreams of much-needed rain were realised.

The large plagues have emerged around Charters Towers, wiping out grass shoots that began to sprout after late December rain.

Charters Towers Mayor Frank Beveridge said the problem was particularly bad in some areas west of the township.

"You can be driving along and then hit a huge plague of them and be left with dead insects all over your car," he told AAP.

"It can be quite devastating if you are a grazier and have waited 12 months for rain ... and then the grass disappears."

Videos highlighting the extent of the problem have emerged on Facebook.

Grazier Patrick Scharf posted a video showing a huge swarm of the locusts hopping over a patch of land.

"This is what we have to put up with now. As a small green pick comes up these little mungral's (sic) just chew it off," he wrote.

Mr Scharf said he had been spraying the locusts since mid-January and help was needed from government departments.

Cr Beveridge said the climatic conditions had to be just right for the locusts to thrive and it was hard to predict how long the problem would last.

"If the conditions extend then they might cycle a number of times, which means they are a problem for a lot longer," he said.

Source

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/01/27/11/49/plagues-of-locust...

Comment by KM on January 26, 2016 at 1:07pm

http://www.news24.com/Green/News/argentina-snake-invasion-forces-be...

Argentina snake invasion forces beach closures


A street flooded in Alto Alegre, province of Cordoba, Argentina. (STR, AFP)

A street flooded in Alto Alegre, province of Cordoba, Argentina. 


Rosario - An invasion of poisonous snakes washed downriver in recent floods forced authorities to close beaches to summer holidaymakers in northern Argentina, officials said on Monday.

Floodwaters in the Rio Plata and Rio Parana carried a species of water lily and with it countless crawling, slithering creatures, south to beaches at the mouths of those rivers near Buenos Aires.

"We are raising awareness of the risk and danger present today. There are otters and species of snakes that are poisonous," said Matias Leyes, an official in the coastal town of Quilmes, south of the capital.

"The beaches of Quilmes have been closed as a precaution. We were cleaning up the coast during the week and while doing so we saw the snakes under the water lilies."

Inland river beaches were also closed over the weekend in the northern city of Rosario.

Locals there spotted displaced animals such as otters, a wild boar and a fox cub as well as snakes, scorpions and stinging insects.

Water covered the beaches and even the terraces of seaside bars in Rosario, as summer temperatures reached 40°C.

"It is dangerous because when there is not much beach there is more risk of coming into direct contact with rodents or snakes, whose dens are all flooded," said Gonzalo Ratner, a top civil defence official in Rosario.

Experts have blamed severe flooding in recent weeks in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay on the El Nino extreme weather phenomenon.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 25, 2016 at 11:10pm

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/25/fifth-whale-repo...

Fifth dead whale found on English beach

Experts investigate possible causes of worst stranding on the English coast since records began in 1913, while people flock to sites to take photos

A fifth dead whale has been found washed up on the Lincolnshire coast, several miles from four other members of the same pod, marking the worst sperm whale stranding off the English coast since records began in 1913.

The fifth whale was discovered by a member of the public on Monday afternoon on a former weapons range in Lincolnshire where the second world war Dambusters squadron practised bombing runs.

Onlookers have been told to stay away from the land, which was sold by the Ministry of Defence six years ago, and it remains inaccessible to scientists amid warnings that it may be strewn with unexploded bombs.

The male sperm whale was found five miles down the coast from where three others were found in Skegness at the weekend and across the shallow waters of the Wash from where another whale was found on Hunstanton beach in Norfolk.

Scientists believe that the whales, all members of the same pod, were hungry and dehydrated but alive when they were stranded in shallow waters during their search for food. Sperm whales are deep sea creatures and can easily become disoriented if they get into shallow water.

One of the Skegness whale bodies “exploded” when pathologists cut it open, and Rob Deaville, project manager at the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme, a Defra-funded group that investigates whale deaths, said the quickly decomposing state of the carcasses made it “much harder to gain any pathologically useful information”.

According to Deaville, their investigations found little in the whales’ intestines apart from “some squid beaks and some little fragments of plastic”. He said this suggested the whales died when the weight of their own bodies caused their internal organs to collapse. 

“This is an unusual event and the question hanging is why they were in the North Sea in the first place,” said Deaville. With a lack of food and shallow, disorientating waters for a deep sea animal, “they were always up against it unless they could find their way out through the big open end between Norway and Scotland.”

Thousands of people have flocked to the tourist resort of Skegness to see the whales since Sunday, with onlookers taking selfies in front of the huge carcasses as marine biologists cut away chunks of flesh and bone.

Experts are investigating whether the whales are linked to 12 more that have washed up on the Dutch island of Texel and the German islands of Wangerooge and Helgoland since 11 January.

There was controversy after anti-nuclear activists sprayed two of the dead whales with graffiti. The message “Fukushima RIP – man killed me” was daubed in white paint along the back of one, and “CND” was sprayed on the tail of another.

James Gilbert, of East Lindsey district council, said it was “very unfortunate” that activists had targeted the dead whales. “It’s incredibly sad to graffiti such a beautiful animal,” he said.

The council has applied for a licence from the Marine Management Organisation to remove the carcasses as soon as postmortem examinations are complete. That is expected to happen in the next few days, he said.

“They have been cordoned off. The very clear message we’re giving to people is while we understand people do want to come and have a look because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, please don’t touch. We put all the cordons in place first thing Saturday morning but some people do have the enthusiasm to want to touch,” Gilbert said.

He estimated that crowds “in the low thousands” had been drawn to Skegness over the weekend to see the whales. As he spoke, a crowd of around 100 

spectators had gathered around the two whales found side by side on the beach as a scientist from the Zoological Society carried out his work.

Gilbert added: “It’s an educational experience for some people. It’s just incredibly sad to see such beautiful animals in that space at the same time.

“There’s no doubt about it – there’s an awful lot of people in the resort and quite a few people have come here because of the whales. Skegness, for the past few days - although it’s a very sad reason why – has been all over the broadcast media, print media and people have certainly come as a result of hearing and reading about it.”

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