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


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.


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: (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


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


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 August 29, 2013 at 5:32pm

NM wildlife biologists investigating elk deaths

Published 6:39 pm, Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 22, 2013 at 2:49am

Officials baffled over dead Koh Racha Yai fish in Thailand

Phuket Gazette - Wednesday, August 21, 2013 10:00:00 AM
Officials are baffled over reports of dozens of reef fish found dead at popular dive sites off Koh Racha Yai isand. Photo: Jana McGeachy
Officials are baffled over reports of dozens of reef fish found dead at popular dive sites off Koh Racha Yai isand. Photo: Jana McGeachy
PHUKET: Several dead reef fish collected from the dozens of dead fish found at the popular dive destination of Koh Racha Yai were brought to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) earlier this month after local fishermen, villagers and divers voiced concern that they may have been poisoned, perhaps by cyanide.
“In the last week to 10 days, there have been many dead fish found at the dive sites, including tropical reef fish and some of the more ‘hardy’ fish like parrot fish, eels, lion fish and so on,” wrote Phuket diver Jana McGeachy on July 31.
PMBC staff conducted an autopsy of the sample fish brought to them.

“An autopsy resulted in normal coloration of the gills and intestines of the fish, so it is possible they died from natural causes or the amount of cyanide was not enough for us to detect,” Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) director Ukkrit Satapoomin told the Phuket Gazette.

“Nonetheless, I have notified the Phuket office of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) about the incident,” Dr Ukkrit said.

DMCR Phuket office chief Thanet Munnoy confirmed that he had received the report about the death of the fish from the PMBC.

“We have notified villagers, who are our network of volunteers for keeping an eye on the island, to report to us if they see anyone illegally fishing in the area, especially if they are using any chemicals to kill the fish and coral,” Mr Thanet said. “However, we have yet to receive any reports.
Comment by Tracie Crespo on August 20, 2013 at 1:10pm

Update on the poor dolphins...

Hundreds of dolphins may die on East Coast before killer is identified    

Nidhi Subbaraman NBC News 2 hours ago

Wild bottlenose dolphins play off the bow of a sportfishing boat Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, off the Florida Keys near Islamorada, Fla. (AP Photo/Florida Ke...
Michael Newman / Florida Keys News Bureau via AP
Wild bottlenose dolphins play off the bow of a sportfishing boat, off the Florida Keys near Islamorada, Fla. 

A silent, mysterious plague is claiming the lives of scores of bottlenose dolphins off the mid-Atlantic coast. Over July and August, more than 200 dead or dying dolphins have washed up on beaches from New Jersey to Virginia, and the numbers continue to climb. 

The dead include adult animals and calves, males and females. Sometimes, the animals that wash ashore are dead for days. Others arrive on their last breath. None have survived.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has formally classified the mass deaths as an "Unusual Mortality Event." The daily arrival of dead dolphins is an ominous sign of a larger, ailing coastal ecosystem, researchers say. It could even signal the return of a deadly sickness that raged for 10 months in the late 1980s, and felled more than 700 bottlenoses before the carnage ended.

"We started getting really alarmed by July 25, when we started getting more than one animal per day. That was the tipping point," Susan Barco, a researcher at the Virginia Aquarium Marine Mammal Center, told NBC News.

August usually brings about seven strandings to the Virginia shores, but this month, with two weeks to go, Barco has already counted 75 dead dolphins. And calls about new strandings are flooding in daily. "There are days when we cannot get off the phone," she said. "Everyone loves dolphins ... they're certainly concerned."

Of the world's 600,000 dolphins, up to 22,800 coastal migrators — some heading south, to the Carolinas for the winter, and others heading north — are expected to pass through the mid-Atlantic in the summer and fall. "We are worried that ... the elevated strandings will not stop until the dolphins leave our area," Barco said. 

Researchers across the U.S. have rallied to support the investigation, at labs, at stranding sites, and at other remote locations. If volunteers find a recently dead animal — a carcass in good shape — they drive them to the aquarium lab facility. There, a team of three or four researchers works for about seven hours collecting swabs, tissue samples, body fluids — material that can be probed for viral or bacterial pathogens. Genetic tests are also on the to-do list. 

From whole animals, Barco has recorded respiratory infections, joint infections, skin and mouth lesions. Some animals appear emaciated, as if they suddenly went off their food. But the real killer — likely a bacteria or virus of some kind — is still at large. 

Officials examine a dead bottlenose dolphin that washed ashore on the Long Island, New York shoreline in this August 9, 2013 handout photo courtesy of...
The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation / Reuters
Officials examine a dead bottlenose dolphin that washed ashore on the Long Island, N.Y. NOAA has declared a Unusual Mortality Event in the Mid-Atlantic regions including New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

Prime suspect: Morbillivirus Chief among the suspected "causal agents" is the morbillivirus, a bug that turned up in the tissue of one dead New Jersey dolphin. It's still too early to say if the virus killed that animal, much less the rest of the herds. 

Morbillivirus does have a track record, however. This virus was behind another mass die-off that claimed the lives of more than 700 dolphins between June 1987 and March 1988. The morbillivirus in that event wasn't found until years later, but the experts say technological progress will help identify the cause faster in this case. 

How did those dolphins get so sick a quarter century ago? One theory, Barco explained, is that the coast-dwelling dolphin population caught the virus through exchanging breathed air or body fluids with dolphins that live in deeper waters. The offshore herds are believed to harbor the virus without getting ill from it, unlike their unfortunate coastal cousins.

"Looking at this event from 10,000 feet in the air, it looks much the same as 1987," Charles Potter, collections manager of marine mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, told NBC News. But, he added, further tests are needed "before we can say if this a repeat or if this is just something that looks similar."

Because of the NOAA Unusual Mortality Event classification, dolphin experts have access to a deeper pool of funding for tools, equipment and salaries for investigation. But budgetary belts are tighter than ever, and this doesn't mean carte blanche. Currently, there is $200,000 available in funding for seven open cases, said one NOAA marine biologist. This mass death is just one of those cases.

Though fatigue is already setting in, experienced marine biologists know this may only be the beginning. Potter, who also helped research the 1980s die off, traveled down to the Virginia Aquarium to help with dolphin necropsies. "All of us would hope that this mortality would just cease. But I don't think it's going to happen," Potter said. 

A few weeks in, with a long fall ahead, the work is already taking a toll on the humans involved. "We are alarmed and concerned and exhausted," Barco said.

Have you seen a stranded dolphin? NOAA has the following safety tips: 

  • Do not touch the dolphin.
  • Don’t allow pets to approach the dolphin.
  • Observe the animal from a safe distance of 100 yards (safe for you and the animal)

If you see a dead or stranded dolphin in New York, call the Riverhead Foundation's 24-hour rescue hotline at 631-369-9829. If you're in New Jersey contact the Marine Mammal Stranding Center's hotline at 609-266-0538.


Comment by Tracie Crespo on August 20, 2013 at 12:00am

National Mall pond fish kill claims hundreds of fish lives


WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- Mike Gentile of the National Park Service got a surprise early Thursday morning.

The fish kill happened in the Constitutional Gardens Pond on the Mall. Photo: Indira Levine
The fish kill happened in the Constitutional Gardens Pond on the Mall. Photo: Indira Levine

“I got a text early saying we got a giant fish kill going on," he says.

About a thousand dead blue gills were found floating on the Constitutional Garden Pond on the National Mall at 18th and Constitution streets in NW D.C. Wednesday night. And by mid-day, hundreds of dead blue gills were still floating atop Constitution Garden’s pond.

"We're over here, cleaning up all the floating ones," says Gentile. "I can't really smell it at this point, guess all my senses have died off."

As he was scooping up the fish, Arlington resident Holly Wise says she started to smell something:

"Glanced over and and saw someone actually wading in the water, so we cycled over and you could smell the quite strong smell of dead fish."

Tourist Roy Smith says, "I hope it wasn't something that someone put in the water."

According to Mike Gentile, the fish may have died due to a lack of oxygen in the water caused by cyanobacteria, otherwise known as blue-green algae that "looks kind of like green paint in the water."

The D.C. Department of the Environment took water samples Thursday morning. They were handed off to the D.C. Army National Guard, which will test them.


Comment by Howard on August 8, 2013 at 5:39am

Dead Birds Fall 'Like Raindrops' in Winnipeg (Aug 7)

Dozens of birds have been found dead or barely alive in the area of King Street and Dufferin Avenue in Winnipeg's North End.

"You couldn't step anywhere without stepping on a bird."

Workers at a nearby community services agency said they saw dozens of birds falling from the sky at around 10:30 a.m.

"It was like raindrops falling," said one employee.

"It's something in the skies. It was affecting them and they were dropping dead," he said.

The streets near the intersection of King and Dufferin were littered with bird carcasses.

The city sent a crew to pick up the remains of the birds.

The wildlife branch of Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship confirmed the dead birds are common grackles.

Contractors sent to clean up the dead birds said they were even surprised by the numbers.

"I've never seen this before. This is pretty crazy. I get calls for maybe one or two at the same location," said Cameron Vonau.

The birds that are still alive were taken to the Winnipeg Humane Society to be looked at by a vet.

"My husband said, like, 'This is a Hitchcock movie.' It's crazy!" Tiganagis said.

Manitoba Conservation is investigating the deaths.


Follow-up report:

Grackle Deaths Still a Mystery - Necropsy Shows No Trace of Poison (Aug 10)

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 6, 2013 at 2:51am

Tuesday, August 06, 2013


Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Mass marine mortality : Malir, Lyari effluent brings dead fish ashore

* KPT removes 40 metric tonnes of sea animals 

By Amar Guriro

KARACHI: While the recent torrential monsoon rains led to the death of about 50 people in different incidents of electrocution and drowning in the city, it has also brought disaster for the marine life along Karachi coast. The local fishermen and citizens found thousands of dead fish of different sizes floating into the backwaters of Karachi harbour, near islands including Baba Bhit, Kakapir village, Salehabad, Shams Pir on late Sunday evening. 

Majority of these dead fish comprised mullets (locally known as boee), sea bream, skate and mugil, locally known as 'Moori machhi'. The size of the dead fish varies between four inches to one-and-a-half feet, and they're floating on the water besides mangroves.

Local residents also found two corpses of full-sized endangered green turtle lying on the beach near Kakapir village, one of the only few green turtle nesting sites in Indian Ocean. One of the fishermen told Daily Times over telephone that he saw two dead turtles. "I went to look after my boat at the sea, and found two dead turtles along the seaside," said Muhammad Saleh, resident of Kakapir village.

Previously, such a massive marine disaster was witnessed on April 6, 2008, when a large number of fish came in surrounding areas of the harbour; but no government authority took notice.

The appearance of such a huge number of fish along the Karachi coast is not because of any natural phenomenon, the Red Tide (locally known as 'Mara Pani', the killer water), which usually kills a large number of sea species, but it is because of the industrial waste that was dumped in the city's rivers and streams.

The seasonal streams and nullahs overflowing with toxic effluents from tanneries and other industrial units of the city began to flow towards the sea after the recent rains.

According to water experts, rainwater flowing through Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE) laden with toxic chemicals entered Karachi harbour killing large number of fish, that can be seen in heaps in and around mangroves, stretches of beaches with China Creek and other adjacent areas.

Muhammad Moazaam Khan, Technical Advisor (marine fisheries) World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF)-Pakistan, told Daily Times that this is not the first case of fish being killed in Karachi harbour; on many occasions in the past, release of chemicals by industries located in SITE have resulted in deaths of mullets and other fish. He pointed out that the industrial pollution discharged through Lyari River has to be tackled at point sources on a watershed approach with 'active involvement of all stakeholders'.

Khan also said that rain water usually results in higher productivity of coastal areas because it is rich in nutrients, but when such water passes through industrial areas, it gets heavily polluted. Therefore, rather than bringing blessings to marine life, it results in 'increase in fish mortality'. 

Because of heavy pollution, major part of Karachi Fish Harbour (receiving sewage through Lyari River) and Gizri Creek (receiving sewage through Malir River) has already turned into zones where 'no life exists'.

Rab Nawaz, Director WWF-Pakistan stressed the need for a 'comprehensive master plan' to control pollution resulting from discharge of industrial and domestic waste through Lyari and Malir Rivers.

"Around 435 million gallon per day (MGD) sewage is released through these two rivers resulting in extreme high level of pollution around Karachi. Sewage treatment capacity in Karachi is limited to only 75 MGD; therefore, about 85 percent of the total sewage produced in the city is dumped in the sea, without any treatment resulting in mortality, bioaccumulation and depletion of area with animals and plants," said Nawaz.

Karachi Port Trust (KPT) has initiated a 'silent cleanup operation' to remove dead fish from the area, without informing federal or provincial government, Sindh Environment Department, Sindh Environmental Protect Agency (SEPA), authorities of SITE and even media. The KPT authorities are cleaning up the dead fish only in the limits of the harbour, without releasing that pollution has no borders.

"KPT authorities are not cleaning up in the love of marine life, environment or marine ecology, but they are only collecting it to sell the fish meal plants to make feed for poultry," said KPT union leader. However, WWF experts say that dead fish must be dumped properly and may not be used for direct or indirect human consumption because it can have ill effects on human health. According to the officials of KPT, Marine Pollution Control with around ten boats took part in the cleanup operation and until Monday evening; they removed about 40 metric tonnes of dead fish from the limits of the harbour.

Different government agencies including the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Sindh Environment Ministry, City District Government Karachi (CDGK), Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) and others often made lofty claims that they have made 'all the required' arrangements to stop the industrial pollution from pouring into the sea, but still, the sewage water loaded with heavy pollutants continues to reach downstream stretches of Manora Channel. This poses a grave environmental as well as health hazard to the residents of the area, fish and the endangered species such as green turtle.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 5, 2013 at 5:31am

Halstead: Almost 500 fish found dead in river

ALMOST 500 fish were found dead in a stretch of the River Colne.

Environment Agency officers were called to the river near Station Road in Earls Colne, behind the industrial estate, on Sunday afternoon.

 At this stage the cause of the deaths of the fish, of which 40 were adults and the rest were babies, is unknown.

The officers have been monitored the river between Sunday and Tuesday and said there was no risk to humans or any other animals.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Based on a survey on Tuesday morning, we are confident that there will be no further fish deaths.

“We are now investigating the cause of the deaths, and have sent dead fish to our labs for analysis.”

The results are expected to take about a week.

In June last year the same stretch of river was affected after thousands of litres of pesticide spilled into Toppesfield Brook and affected 10km of the River Colne.

Thousands of fish were thought to have died and a further 8,000 were rescued.

Fish were reintroduced into the river in December last year.

and another fish kill in Chapel Hill, NC

Dead fish turn up in Chapel Hill creek

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Chapel Hill residents have found dead fish in a creek that is near an area hit by a gas leak Friday.

Officials said the leak happened during construction at the Family Fare BP on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

On Saturday, Robert and Sheile Amareld found the dead fish beside the Crow Branch Creek near their home. Now the residents are concerned their water may be contaminated.

"We found some dead fish down there and it was kind of concerning. We collected them so the animals wouldn't eat them, and we gathered some water and we found it was a little darker than the other stream that wasn't affected," Robert Amareld said. "We could smell some gas, only when you got real close to the water."

Residents said they also started to notice a foam starting to gather in the creek that they had never noticed before.

On Friday, authorities said they did not know sure how much gasoline got into the creek. They were doing testing and trying to trap any gasoline they found.

For that, the neighborhood's association president, Julie McClintock said she is grateful and praised the town for their response. However, she said she and others still have concerns.

"Has all the gasoline and ethanol been trapped? Another concern would be, are we doing everything we can to prevent this kind of thing from happening again?" McClintock said.

ABC11 reached out to the state's Division of Environmental and Natural Resources, but was unable to reach anyone.

Comment by KM on August 3, 2013 at 3:06am

Mystery dolphin deaths: Experts investigate unusually high number of bottle-nosed dolphins found washed up on East Coast beaches

  • 21 dead dolphins have washed up in New Jersey since June up from the usual 12
  • More than 120 bottle-nosed dolphins have been found dead or dying on East Coast beaches since June
  • Marine experts are investigating the deaths but haven't yet found the answer

By Daily Mail Reporter


An unusually high number of dolphins have been found washed up on East Coast beaches this summer.

From New Jersey to Virginia, more than 120 bottle-nosed dolphins have been found dead or dying on beaches since June.

The bodies are sent to the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School for necropsy, or animal autopsy, but so far the answer to what's causing the deaths has eluded experts.

Mysterious: Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team members carry a deceased male dolphin on a metal stretcher from Ocean View Beach in Norfolk August 1, 2013 - their third dolphin retrieval of the day

Mysterious: Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team members carry a deceased male dolphin on a metal stretcher from Ocean View Beach in Norfolk August 1, 2013 - their third dolphin retrieval of the day

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 2, 2013 at 6:09am

Oysters hit by mystery illness along French coastline

A mystery illness is wiping out up to 80 per cent of adult oysters along French coastlines in the latest plague to hit the embattled molluscs, which are struggling to cope with global warming.

French oysters
Oyster production in Corsica. Experts are at a loss to explain the causes of the recent illness in French oysters Photo: ALAMY

For the past month, oyster farmers have watched powerless as their shellfish have died in droves with experts at a loss to explain the causes.

"In some areas, 50 to 80 per cent of saleable oysters aged between two to three years have died out," said Olivier Laban, president of the shellfish producers' federation of Arcachon-Aquitaine, western France.

"We have no idea what the origin of this blight is," he told Le Figaro.

Tests are under way at Ifremer, France's marine research institute, with samples taken from oysters along the West coast and the Mediterranean

"All the samples show mortality rates that are higher than normal," said Tristan Renault, mollusc specialist at Ifremer.

"All contain a deadly bacteria (for oysters): Vibro aesturianus. That's probably the murder weapon, but we still don't know who the murderer is. The unusual weather conditions this year are probably behind the phenomenon," he said.

Some oyster farmers blame brutal temperature rises after a "rubbish" Spring and a sudden drop in salt levels in the water due to heavy rains.

They say adult oysters are increasingly fragile.

The profession is still recovering from a plague that has wiped out billions of baby oysters since it first struck in the Spring of 2008. The culprit was fond to be Oyster Herpes virus type 1, or OsHV-1.

It triggered the worst crisis since the native European or "Portuguese" oyster was all but wiped out 30 years ago. Since the 1970s blight, almost all oyster farms in Europe have been restocked with the Pacific "creuse" oyster from Japan and British Columbia.

In the wake of the 2008 virus, annual production has fallen from 120,000 tonnes to 80,000 tonnes.

"Oyster farmers have tried to adapt, but this (latest attack) is a different story," said Laurent Champeau, shellfish producers' spokesman in the Poitou-Charentes region.

"These losses that are coming at the end of (the oyster life) cycle are much harder to mitigate. It means three years of work down the drain and almost inexistent room for manoeuvre."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 1, 2013 at 5:10am

Dead dolphins washing up on Virginia beaches at an alarming rate

Posted on: 5:27 pm, July 31, 2013, by Todd Corilloupdated on: 07:54pm, July 31, 2013

Virginia Beach, Va.  – Dead dolphins are washing up on beaches in Virginia at an alarming rate in July.

Mark Swingle, Director of Research and Conservation at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center says the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team has responded to 82 bottle-nosed dolphin strandings in 2013, with 44 of those happening in the month of July.

“An average year for us is about 65 dolphin stranding for the whole year, so we are quite far ahead of that pace,” Swingle explained. “If you go back 10 years, the average number of dolphins in a July would be about 6 or 7.”

Right now, researchers are trying to figure out how and why the dolphins are dying, but initial examinations suggest it’s not from typical human interactions like boat propellers or fishing nets.

“This has not been that way. These animals don’t appear to have been involved in human activities, at least on cursory examination,” Swingle said.

The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is hoping testing of samples of tissue they are collecting from the dolphins may shed light on what’s happening.

“That we hope will tell us more information,” Swingle explained. “So we’ll have tissue samples and things that can be tested for pathology, disease and whether they’ve been exposed to toxic substances.”

Swingle says the dolphins that have washed up are of all different sizes and ages. The only similarities seem to be that most are male and most have been found in the Chesapeake Bay.

“We are finding them primarily in the Chesapeake Bay. Not in any one spot though – they are all over,” Swingle commented. “We’ve picked up animals all the way up near Maryland in the Chesapeake Bay.”

The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response team is working with other coastal states to see if there are any similar trends happening elsewhere.

They stress that if you find a dolphin on the beach, don’t touch it, but immediately call the Stranding Response Team.

Their hotline is (757)385-7575 and is staffed 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

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