Small animals are very sensitive.  In the mining industry,  Canaries have been used to tell if there is methane present in the air. If the bird fell off its perch,  miners know they needed to get out of the mine fast or a methane explosion could happen momentarily.

 

 What are these die-offs telling us?  Is there a pattern?  Are they happening in certain regions or where Earth changes are happening deep within the crust?  Check out the New Madrid here:

What about your own pets?  Are your dogs barking or wining all day and night for no reason?  Is your Cat acting unusual or keeping you up at night and wining?  

 

Humans may feel unusual physical symptoms of the air or ground below,  such as dizziness or being out of balance

 

Here I will add stories of animals having been affected by something.  Feel free to add more stories about this....

 

Here are just a few stories on the subject (Updated Source):

Birds

Arizona: UPDATE: Dozens of bats found dead on east side
Italy: Mystery of mass animal death epidemic deepens after 8,000 turtle doves fall dead in Italy with strange blue stain on their beaks
Tennessee: Flock Of Birds Found Dead In Wilson County
Illinois: Dead Birds Reported by Residents in Southern Illinois
Kentucky: KFWR official: Hundreds of dead birds found in Murray
Sweden: Mysterious bird deaths hit Sweden
Texas: Hundreds of dead birds discovered in E. Texas
Sweden: Swedish birds 'scared to death': veterinarian
China: BREAKING! Eagle and Birds fall from the sky in CHINA
 Kentucky: Women reports dozens of dead birds in her yard
 Louisiana: Hundreds of DEAD Black Birds Found In Louisiana
 Arkansas: For Arkansas Blackbirds, the New Year Never Came
 Germany: Dead birds of prey at the roadside
 Japan: Japan on alert after finding dead birds
 Caroline: Dead pelican count escalates
Tucson: Nearly 70 dead bats found in Tucson
Somerset UK: Mystery as scores of starlings found dead in village garden

Thousands of dead birds fall out of the sky, North and South America


Fish:

Charleston: Thousands of dead fish wash up on Folly Beach
Viet Nam: Tonnes of farm fish found dead
Kent UK: 40,000 dead crabs washed up on Kent coastline as UK is latest country to be hit by bizarre animal deaths
Maryland: 2 million fish found dead in Maryland
Florida: Thousands Of Fish Dead In Spruce Creek
Arkansas: 100,000 drum fish die in Arkansas River, more than 100 miles from site of bizarre blackbird deaths
Kent Island, MD: MDE: Fish Kill Caused By Cold Stress
Brazil: Mysterious killing of fish in coastal
Wales UK: UK. Dead fish discovered in canal marina near Abergavenny
Haiti: Authorities probe dead fish in Haitian lake
Australia: Dead fish clog lake at airport
Indiana: Dead fish wash up on Washington Park beach
Maryland: Unusual Fish Kill Found in Annapolis
Italy Two miles of beach full of fish, clams and crabs dead in a stretch of coast
Peterborough UK: Concern as fish die in beauty spot brook
New Zealand: Hundreds of snapper dead on beaches

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Millions more dead fish: UNBELIEVABLE FISHKILL in Lousiana -- ALL TYPES, EVEN MAMMALS
Sea life dying by the million around the world
Reports recently from around the world of billions of sea creatures being washed ashore
Thousands of dead fish washing up and thousands of dead birds: Arkansas
 
Zeta Talk 1/8/11

 

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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 deaths, http://www.zetatalk.com/index/zeta349.htm
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, http://www.offshore-environment.com/gasimpact.html
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.

And why would Sweden have clouds of methane being released when it is not even on a fault line? Nor is Brazil on a fault line, though New Zealand and the New Madrid region in Arkansas are. We have often stated that the plates have had the rock fingers preventing movement along their edges broken off, so they have become slippery. In this state, they are now pressed against each other under the stress of a more violent and rattling wobble. The stress is evident on ALL plates, which are shifting around, internally, under the strain. Thus methane, so poisonous to birds and fish, is being released.
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Comment by Rick Rickster on April 29, 2012 at 5:49am

Giant cannibal shrimp more than a FOOT long invade waters off Gulf Coast 

  • Tiger shrimp are native to Asia though there have been more sightings in recent years
  • Prawns are known to grow to the size of lobsters and eat smaller shrimp

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A big increase in reports of Asian tiger shrimp along the U.S. Southeast coast and in the Gulf of Mexico has federal biologists worried the species is encroaching on native species' territory.

The shrimp are known to eat their smaller cousins, and sightings of the massive crustaceans have gone up tenfold in the last year, biologists say.

The black-and-white-striped shrimp can grow 13 inches long and weigh a quarter-pound, compared to eight inches and a bit over an ounce for domestic white, brown and pink shrimp.

Behemoth: This black tiger shrimp was caught in 210 feet of water off the coast of Louisiana; an invasion of giant cannibal shrimp into America's coastal waters appears to be getting worse

Behemoth: This black tiger shrimp was caught in 210 feet of water off the coast of Louisiana; an invasion of giant cannibal shrimp into America's coastal waters appears to be getting worse

Cannibals: Tiger shrimp have been known to eat their smaller cousins

Family meal: Tiger shrimp have been known to eat their smaller cousins

Scientists fear the tigers will bring disease and competition for native shrimp. Both, however, can be eaten by humans.

‘They’re supposed to be very good,’ Pam Fuller, a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey told CNN. ‘But they can get very large, sorta like lobsters.’

MORE....

Comment by Rick Rickster on April 17, 2012 at 9:46pm

Sonar? Must be disinfo, but the dolphins are affected by something in the region.  Major noise or sound radiation from the shifting plates under the ocean floor?

Peru: Deaths of 3,000 dolphins

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The deaths of thousands of dolphins washed up on beaches in Peru may have been caused by acoustic testing offshore by oil companies, conservationists have warned.

Nearly 3,000 of the mammals are thought to have died this year so far, with 615 counted by conservationists along a 90-mile stretch of beaches near the city of Lambayeque on Wednesday.

Scientists in Peru are exploring the possibility the deaths were caused by sonar blasts used by firms to find oil under the sea. The method can damage dolphins’ ears and cause disorientation and internal bleeding, experts warn.

Concerned: Conservationists in Peru counted 615 dead dolphins along a 90-mile stretch of beaches on Wednesday

Concerned: Conservationists in Peru counted 615 dead dolphins along a 90-mile stretch of beaches on Wednesday

ORCA Peru expert, veterinarian Carlos Yaipen Llanos said that while ‘we have no definitive evidence’, he suspects the cause of death is a ‘marine bubble’, which occurs during mining exploration.

The bubbles are not visible to the naked eye but they can have an effect on dolphins, sea lions, and whales.

Head of conservation group BlueVoice.org Hardy Jones told MSNBC: 'It is a horrifying thought that these dolphins would die in agony over a prolonged period if they were impacted by sonic blast.’

Earlier this year federal regulators in the U.S. suspended similar testing in the Gulf of Mexico following sightings of dead and sick dolphins.

Tragic: Thousands of dead dolphins have been washed up since the beginning of the year

Tragic: Thousands of dead dolphins have been washed up since the beginning of the year

The ban is set to last until May, when the bottlenose dolphin calving season ends.

However Mr Llanos added that it is also possible the dolphins in Peru suffered from a disease outbreak.

British environmentalist Mark Simmonds of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society suggested that fishing nets may also be to blame.

Mystery: Conservationists find a baby dolphin washed up on the beach. The cause of the dolphins' deaths has still not been verified

Mystery: Conservationists find a baby dolphin washed up on the beach. The cause of the dolphins' deaths has still not been verified

The dead dolphins include babies and mothers who until recently were happily suckling, suggesting that healthy creatures were also affected.

Thousands of dead anchovies have also been washed up on the shoreline.

Comment by Rick Rickster on April 8, 2012 at 8:09pm

Polar Bears Show Signs of Mysterious Illness

April 6, 2012 - 5:36 pm Story Source

Polar bears with Alopecia and skin lesions in the Beaufort Sea. March 21, 2012. Photo courtesy USGS.

Biologists have found Polar Bears in the Beaufort Sea with hair loss and skin lesions. Those are the same symptoms that have sickened ice seals and walruses in the arctic since last summer and led the federal government to declare the incident an unusual mortality event. Scientists are just beginning an investigation into whether polar bears are suffering from the same thing.

“The first day we observed it was on March 21st and we had three captures and two of them had Alopecia, which is the skin loss and so it was like, ‘oh that’s interesting.’ Then we started picking it up on other animals in later march so it was like, this is more than normal.”

So far, the field scientists have found hair loss on nine of the 33 bears they’ve captured. The bears have skin lesions on their head, neck and ears. Degange says they have found polar bears with similar symptoms since 1999, but the number of effected bears makes this year unusual:

“The bears appear to be healthy otherwise. We haven’t seen any dead bears, so its not a mortality event as far as we know. But the fact that its occurring at the same time as this unexplained mortality event with seals certainly raises the interest level.”

The biologists collected blood and tissues from the affected bears to try to figure out if the symptoms are related to the mysterious illness that has been found in ice seals and walruses. Dozens of seals have died from the disease, but no walrus deaths are attributed to it. Scientists don’t know yet if the walrus and seals are suffering from the same thing. Although the veterinary pathologist who has done most of the necropsies on the animals say the lesions look very similar under the microscope. Julie Speegle is a spokesperson for the National Marine Fisheries Service. She says its been a difficult case:

“We still don’t know what is causing the disease. But our scientists have ruled out a number of bacteria and viruses that are known to affect marine mammals.”

Speegle says the latest tests to turn up negative were for two toxins that can cause harmful algae blooms.

“So just a couple more possible causes of illness that we have ruled out and we continue to go forward with studying samples and trying to find out what is causing this disease.”

Polar Bears will not be included as part of the Unusual Mortality Event until there is a lot more evidence linking the illnesses. Polar Bears were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 2008. But Tony Degange, with USGS, says the agency would put a high priority on understanding what’s causing the symptoms with or without the listing:

“Polar bears are an iconic species in the arctic. They’re a subsistence resource to the natives on the north slope. And I don’t think we’re giving them more special attention because they’re listed than otherwise.”

Degange says out of four polar bears biologists captured yesterday, three had skin lesions and hair loss. The crew is now moving farther west along the Beaufort Sea coast- near Prudhoe Bay so they’ll have a chance to see if the illness is as widespread in that area.

Comment by Rick Rickster on March 31, 2012 at 11:12am

SOURCE: http://www.boston.com/Boston/metrodesk/2012/03/ten-more-dolphins-st...

Ten more dolphins stranded on the Cape; annual total rises to more than 200

3/30/2012 12:50 PM

At least 10 more dolphins stranded themselves on the beaches of Cape Cod this week, a Cape-based animal welfare group said. The strandings raised the annual total to more than 200 in just three months, an unusually high number that has left scientists scrambling to find a cause.

“This week we had 10 common dolphins strand in various locations including Brewster, Wellfleet, and Orleans,” Michael Booth, spokesman for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, said. “We had four strand on Monday – one in Wellfleet and three in Brewster.”

Six more dolphins stranded Tuesday -- two in Wellfleet, three in Brewster, and one in Orleans, Booth said.

Nine of the 10 were released to the ocean; the 10th had to be euthanized because it had already sustained some injuries, he said.

In addition to rescuing and treating stranded dolphins, Booth said, the group has helped to lead nearly 100 dolphins out of dangerous situations since Jan. 1, including six that were herded out of the Herring River in Wellfleet on Monday.

“Those are animals that have been in problematic areas where they would have surely stranded had we not gone out and herded these animals into deeper water,” he said.

The most recent strandings come after the end of what was the largest single-species stranding event on record in the Northeast. Between Jan. 12 and Feb. 16, 179 dolphins were stranded on the shores of Cape Cod.

In total this year, 208 dolphins have stranded themselves on Cape Cod beaches. Of the stranded dolphins, 94 were found alive and 114 were already dead when rescue groups got to them. After treating the live dolphins, IFAW was able to successfully release 71 dolphins into deeper water – a success rate of about 76 percent.

“It’s an all-time high for us,” Booth said. “We have gotten better and better through the years. We did have a success rate before this of around 60 to 70 percent, but now with this particularly high stranding season, we’ve got that percent up to 76 percent, which is great.”

Booth said the month of near-daily strandings allowed the group to put its skills and resources to the test and hone the skills of its small army of volunteers.

“It gave us the opportunity to put our systems in place. We have been fine-tuning that for a number of years now,” Booth said. “To be able to consistently go out and rescue dolphins and have this high of a success rate is something we are very proud of.”

Comment by Rick Rickster on March 13, 2012 at 6:01am

SOURCE: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/thousands-spiders-blanket-aust...

Thousands of spiders blanket Australian farm after

http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/thesideshow/SpiderFlood.jpg" alt="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2398" title="What appears to be snow is actually spider webs blanketing an Australian farm. (Daniel Munoz/Reuters)" height="474" width="630"/>What appears to be snow is actually spider webs blanketing an Australian farm. (Daniel Munoz/Reuters)

Wed, Mar 7, 2012

Thousands of normally solitary wolf spiders have blanketed an Australian farm after fleeing a rising flood.

Reuters reports that the flooding has forced more than 8,000 Australian (human) residents from their homes in the city of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales. But for every temporarily displaced person, it appears several spiders have moved in to fill the void.

"What we've seen here is a type of wolf spider," Owen Seeman, an arachnid expert at Queensland Museum, told Reuters. "They are trying to hide away (from the waters)."

The Australian Museum's entomology collections manager Graham Milledge told Reuters that there's even a term for the phenomenon, "ballooning," and that it is typical behavior for spiders forced to escape rising waters.

You can watch a video here of researchers on the hunt for ballooning spiders from the safety of a hot air balloon.

http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/thesideshow/spiderfloood2.jpg" alt="" class="alignright size-full wp-image-2399" title="A dog casually walks through the ballooning spider webs (Daniel Munoz/Reuters)" height="148" width="190"/>A dog casually walks through the ballooning spider webs (Daniel Munoz/Reuters)Thankfully for local residents, the occupying arachnids are not likely to set up permanent residence, a la the 1977 William Shatner clunker "Kingdom of the Spiders." Weather reports say the flood waters in Wagga Wagga have begun receding, meaning that locals will soon be returning to their homes and the wolf spiders will also be returning to their natural underground habitats.

And it turns out the spiders are actually doing quite a bit of good while setting up shop above ground. The spiders are feasting on mosquitoes and other insect populations that have boomed with the increased moisture brought about by the rising waters.

"The amount of mosquitoes around would be incredible because of all this water," Taronga Zoo spider keeper Brett Finlayson told the Sydney Morning Herald. "The spiders don't pose any harm at all. They are doing us a favor. They are actually helping us out."

Comment by Rick Rickster on February 28, 2012 at 7:38pm

Another Story (source):http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/agriculture/farming/9105880/Fears-...

Fears of 'catastrophe' as new virus hits farms

Thousands of lambs are being born dead or deformed because of a new virus that has crossed the Channel from Europe. Farmers fear the worst

Thousands of lambs are being born dead or deformed because of a new virus that has crossed the Channel from Europe. Farmers fear the worst
Mrs Clay, a contract lamber, is about to start work on another farm that has 1,100 ewes ready to give birth, and expects 1,700 lambs 

Sally Clay is close to tears as she holds in her arms a lamb that has just been born but will not survive for long.

"I don't think he can see. He's brain damaged and his head is lolling, he won't be able to suckle."

The ewe comes across to nuzzle her offspring. "He does have a wonderful mother who is trying to get him to stand up, but it's not going to happen. Lambs like this are not viable. It's heart breaking."

John, the veteran farmer beside her in his lambing shed at this East Sussex farm, says grimly, "He's getting cold now. I will have to shoot him. It's not easy."

The pair of them were looking forward to the lambing season as a time of early mornings and hard work but deep reward. Instead it has turned into a nightmare.

This is one of 74 farms across England that have been struck by a new disease that is causing thousands of lambs to be born dead or with deformities that mean they cannot survive for more than a few minutes.

A thousand farms across Europe have been hit in the last month or so – but nobody knows how bad things will get, because the lambing season is not yet in full swing. The disease is invisible in sheep until the infected ewes give birth.

Schmallenberg disease is so new it was only named in December, after the town in western Germany where the first cases were seen last August. Scientists are not sure how it is transmitted, but the leading theory is that plumes of midges carrying the disease were blown across the sea in the autumn.

Sheep have a gestation period of five months, so the adults infected then are beginning to give birth now.

There is also a fear that cows will be affected. So far the disease has been found in cattle at five British farms, where calves have been aborted six months into pregnancy. Cows have a longer gestation period than sheep, so any major impact on births will not be seen until later in the year.

John, who does not want his surname to be used, has lost 40 of the 400 lambs born so far, but others have lost more. He went to a public meeting where a scientist from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) said the worst-hit farms could lose half their flocks.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said this has happened in rare cases in Europe, but the worst seen in Britain so far is 20 per cent.

That is still a major challenge to the farming industry, which is already struggling. Lambs can fetch £100 each at market and 16 million are born in Britain every year.

"This has huge potential financial implications for the farming

Comment by Rick Rickster on February 28, 2012 at 7:33pm

More on the problem in Britain (source): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9106270/Mystery-virus-kills-...

Mystery virus kills thousands of lambs

Thousands of lambs have been killed by a new virus that is threatening the survival of many British farms.

Mystery virus kills thousands of lambs
The worst affected counties are Norfolk, Suffolk, East Sussex and Kent, but the virus has spread all along the south coast to Cornwall Photo: GETTY

The Schmallenberg virus causes lambs to be born dead or with serious deformities such as fused limbs and twisted necks, which mean they cannot survive.

Scientists are urgently trying to find out how the disease, which also affects cattle, spreads and how to fight it, as the number of farms affected increases by the day.

So far, 74 farms across southern and eastern England have been hit by the virus, which arrived in this country in January.

A thousand farms in Europe have reported cases since the first signs of the virus were seen in the German town of Schmallenberg last summer.

The National Farmers Union has called it a potential “catastrophe” and warned farmers to be vigilant. “This is a ticking time bomb,” said Alastair Mackintosh, of the NFU. “We don’t yet know the extent of the disease. We only find out the damage when sheep and cows give birth, and by then it’s too late.

It is unclear exactly how the disease arrived in Britain, but the leading theory is that midges carried the virus across the Channel or North Sea in the autumn. However, scientists cannot yet rule out transmission of the disease from animal to animal.

Infected ewes do not show any symptoms of the virus until they give birth, with horrific results. Farmers have described delivering the deformed and stillborn animals as heartbreaking.

The lambing season has only just begun, which means that the full impact of the disease will not be felt until the weather warms up and millions more animals are born.

On the Continent, some farms have lost half of their lambs. So far the worst hit in Britain have lost 20 per cent, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Approximately 16 million lambs are born in Britain every year and sell at market for about £100 each. The effect of the disease on farms that are already struggling in the downturn could be severe.

“For any business to lose 20 per cent of your stock would be a huge blow,” said Mr Mackintosh. “For a farmer to lose 20 per cent of your flock is catastrophic. If it was 50 per cent you would be put out of action.

“I was talking to one who has 10,000 sheep. If he loses even five per cent of the animals born this year, that’s a hell of a lot of lambs. I know another who says 10 per cent of his ewes have become barren. He has 6,000 ewes, so that is 600 animals producing nothing.”

The Food Standards Agency has sought to allay any fears about eating lamb, although little is known about the virus so far.

The Agency said: “Any risk to consumers through the food chain is likely to be low. No illness has been reported to date in humans exposed to animals infected with Schmallenberg virus.”

The worst affected counties ar

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 27, 2012 at 4:25am

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2106685/Virus-kills-lambs-B...

Britain's lambs being wiped out by killer virus from Europe amid fears disease could spread to humans

Feb 26, 2012

A virus which causes lambs to be born dead or with serious deformities is sweeping farms.

The Schmallenberg virus, which also affects cattle, has already struck 74 farms in southern and eastern England, killing thousands of animals.

Some farmers have reported losing 20 per cent of their lambs since it arrived in the country last month from Europe, where 1,000 farms are affected.

Deadly: Farmers fear Schmallenberg disease will spread across the country

Deadly: Farmers fear Schmallenberg disease will spread across the country

Lambs with the virus are  either stillborn or have horrific deformities such as fused  limbs, misshapen heads and twisted necks which mean they cannot survive.

Scientists are urgently trying to find out how the disease spreads to prevent it blighting Britain’s livestock like the 2001 foot  and mouth outbreak which resulted in millions of animals being slaughtered.

The Food Standards Agency insists the risk to humans is low, and those who have been exposed to the virus have not experienced any adverse effects.

But the National Farmers’ Union has called the outbreak a ‘potential catastrophe’ for the industry which is already suffering from the economic downturn.

Named after the small German town where it was first spotted last summer, the disease is thought to have been brought to Britain by midges.


The Schmallenberg virus has spread to cattle sparking fears for livestock

Farmers are seeing lambs's limbs fused together and joints that don't work

Ewes show no sign of illness until they give birth, by which time it is too late to save their young. As the lambing season has only just begun, the full impact of  the tragedy is likely to be felt in the coming weeks.

Farmers have described the heartbreak of having to shoot lambs born deformed and unable to suckle to save them from a slow death. One farmer said he had put down more lambs than at any point in the past 20 years. Others described it as ‘soul-destroying’.

Alistair Mackintosh of the NFU said: ‘For any business to lose 20 per cent of your stock would be a huge blow. For a farmer it is catastrophic. If it was 50 per cent you would be put out of action.

‘I know one farmer who says 10 per cent of his 6,000 ewes have become barren, so that is 600 animals producing nothing.’

In Germany and Holland the virus was detected in adult cattle, causing  symptoms including reduced milk yield. In Britain the calving season has not yet begun, so the impact on foetuses is not yet clear.

The counties worst affected so far are Norfolk, Suffolk, East Sussex and Kent but the virus has already spread along the south coast to Cornwall and parts of south Wales.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Aff

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 24, 2012 at 10:53pm

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/6479697/Bird-sanctuary-at...

Bird sanctuary at risk from disease outbreak

Last updated 07:51 25/02/2012
Ben Curran, Mike Scott

David Klee from New Zealand Fish and Game discusses an avian botulism outbreak on the Piako River, near Thames, which is killing hundreds of water birds.

Fight to survive: Roger Buchanan, Michael Hunger and Rex Murray arrive back from a tour of the Piako River with birds that have contracted avian botulism.
BEN CURRAN/ WAIKATO TIMES
Fight to survive: Roger Buchanan, Michael Hunger and Rex Murray arrive back from a tour of the Piako River with birds that have contracted avian botulism.

Thousands of birds are believed to have died and a sanctuary for endangered and protected birds is under threat following the outbreak of a disease on the Piako River.

On one day alone this week, 300 bird carcasses were found, and researchers believe the worst is yet to come.

Avian botulism – which causes paralysis in birds – has spread throughout the area, near the Firth of Thames, for about a month.

Fish & Game gamebird manager David Klee, who yesterday fronted a volunteer effort to collect carcasses and treat sick birds, said the victims included protected and endangered species and large numbers of gamebirds.

The Waikato Times joined the river search on board a boat this week.

Braving the rain and high winds, a crew of about 20 scoured the mangrove plains.

About 300 carcasses were recovered, but only six sick birds were found, which were treated by SPCA staff at a makeshift clinic.

A Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry biosecurity scientist took blood samples from the sick birds and performed post-mortem examinations on the dead.

A local flounder fisherman, known only as Piako Pete, said thousands of birds had died.

"And we've only covered a small amount of ground," he added.

The birds most commonly died of drowning or dehydration. The disease induces paralysis, which causes the neck to droop and bodily functions, such as swallowing, to shut down.

There were unconfirmed reports that two protected birds were found suffering botulism symptoms at the Miranda Bird Sanctuary yesterday, about 10km north of where the disease was first detected.

Mr Klee said the disease might have spread with the tides or a sick bird could have flown to the sanctuary and died.

"Our concern is that this botulism outbreak may not have peaked yet and that it has the potential to actually get worse before it gets better and that's the reason we're here," he said.

The only way to manage a botulism outbreak is by removing carcasses, and the disease would likely run its course in cooler weather.

Avian botulism cannot be contracted by humans.

Comment by Rick Rickster on February 22, 2012 at 1:30pm

SOURCE: http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=722250#.T0Rp9XmEk9Y

Thousands of jellyfish wash ashore on South Padre Island
Posted: 02.21.2012 at 7:17 PM

Photo via Louis Balderas, Jr.

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Catherine Penz and her husband Pat Rakowski are Winter Texans from Canada.

They love visiting South Padre Island because they enjoy the fishing but they spotted something strange while reeling in their catch near Beach Access Six on Monday.

"I dont know why, but everywhere on the beach here there were quite a few of them, Rakowski said. “I was kind of surprised."

Rakowski said he and his wife have been coming to South Padre Island for five years and have never seen so many.

Viewer Louis Balderas sent a picture of what happened to the Action 4 News Facebook Fan Page.

It shows what seem to be hundreds of Portuguese Man-O-War jellyfish - on the shores of the north end of South Padre Island.

The photo has been circulating among Rio Grande Valley residents on Facebook and Twitter.

Tony Reisinger is a coastal resources agent with the State of Texas.

He told Action 4 News that the concentration of man-o-war jellyfish was in an isolated area several miles north of Beach Access Six

Reisinger said that  the jellyfish likely washed ashore after preying on fish in the area.

"They go where there's food and they depend on the wind and we usually have what we call blooms in different areas and right now there's a lot of fish that are spawning,” he said.

Reisinger warns people not to touch the man-o-war because even out of the water, certain parts of the jellyfish are poisonous and could sting

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