Dead whales on Papamoa Beach

Dead Whales on Papamoa BeachTwo adult and two juvenile whales were found dead on Papamoa Beach located in the Bay of Plenty on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

Officials from the Department of Conservation collected blood and tissue samples from the whales for testing.

More whale strandings than usual have occurred on Papamoa Beach this summer. There is some concern that sonar being used to locate containers on the seabed may be interfering with the whales navigation systems, however there is no evidence to confirm this theory.

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Dead whales on Papamoa Beach
Tests to determine whale deaths

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Somalia: 3 tonnes of dead fish wash up on Bossaso shore

Three tons of dead fish washed up on Bossaso shores in Somalia. The Minisry of Fishery attributes this to the dumping of toxics in Somalia waters.

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Somalia: 3 tonnes of dead fish wash up on Bossaso shore

Sources on Toxic Dumping in Somalia:

Toxic Dumping: Pirate Excuse or Ongoing Abuse?
Somalia’s Degrading Environment:
Causes and Effects of Deforestation and Hazardous Waste Dumping in Somalia

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More Than 50 Dead Fur Seals Wash Up On Australian Coastline

New Zealand Fur Seal
53 New Zealand fur seals, (51 less than 2 months old) were found dead on South Australia’s west coast.

Necropsies were performed on 3 of the pups at Adelaide University, but results were inconclusive, as the bodies were badly decomposed. Theories included infection or foul play.

The seals were found on a beach not too far from two large New Zealand fur seal rookeries, but there is no indication why the pups found their way there and why they died. It is highly unusual to have so many fur seals die in one place.

Fur seals are a protected species.

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More Than 50 Dead Fur Seals Wash Up On Australian Coastline
NZ fur seal deaths in Australia still unexplained
Scientists baffled by seal deaths on remote SA beach
Budget cuts blamed for delay in finding seals

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Nearly 60 Dolphins Stranded on Cape Cod

Dead Dolphins on Cape Cod
Beached dolphins are not an unknown occurrence on Cape Cod between January and April, but the number of dolphins in this stranding is an unusually large number.
Members of the IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) staff, along with volunteers, were able to rescue 19 of the stranded dolphins. Five of the rescued dolphins were tagged with satellite tracking devices, to study their future movements. Forty dophins died after beaching.
A definite cause of the stranding is not known, however it is believed that the topography of Cape Cod contains areas where the dolphins can get stuck.

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At least 20 dolphins found dead in Cape Cod area
Dolphins Beach on Cape Code, 10 to 12 Dead
Nearly 60 Dolphins Stranded on Cape Cod

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Nearly 7 million bats may have died from white-nose fungus, officials say

First detected in a cave near Albany, NY in 2006, white-nose syndrome is responsible for the deaths of up to an estimated 6.7 million bats.

Bat deaths have been reported in 16 mostly northeastern states in the US and Canada.

Named white-nose syndrome because of a white powdery fungus attached to the bats nose and bodies, the fungus eats through the skin and membranes of the bats during hibernation.

For more information on bats and white-nose syndrome, click here.

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Nearly 7 million bats may have died from white-nose fungus, officials say
North American Bat Death Toll Exceeds 5.5 Million From White-nose Syndrome

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Dead Blackbirds Fall Again In Arkansas Town

In the same town where thousands of blackbirds fell dead on New Years Eve, about a hundred blackbirds once again fell down around the town.

Fireworks were again blamed for the bird deaths.

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Dead Blackbirds Fall Again In Arkansas Town

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Thousands of Starfish Wash Ashore in South Carolina

Starfish on South Carolina beachRough weather has been blamed for the appearance of thousands of starfish on the beaches of South Carolina. High winds on Monday night generated high waves which dislodged the starfish from the rocks that they cling to. The starfish on Pawleys Island were stacked on top of each other and although most were dead, some were still alive.

In December, hundreds of starfish and jellyfish washed up on the beaches of Charleston. Their deaths were attributed to cold weather.

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South Carolina beach visitors seeing stars
Starfish, jellyfish dying from cold

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Gold Coast Australia – Beetles Swarm Gold Coast

Thousands of water beetles swarmed the Gold Coast tourist area. One man was hospitalized after skidding on a mound of dead beetles on his bicycle and shattering his hip, collarbone and ribs.

Local scientists are baffled as to why the beetles invaded the area, claiming that they had never seen this phenomena before.

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Man Injured After Skidding His Bicycle into a Mound of Dead Beetles

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Chapin Beach MA – Battle to Save Beached Whales

55 pilot whales beached themselves on Chapin Beach, 80 miles from Boston, Massachusetts. Volunteers worked for hours, pouring cold water on the whales and eventually coaxed 46 of the whales back into the water. Nine of the whales died.

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Battle to save beached whales

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Virginia Beach VA – Dead Whale Washes Ashore


A 45 ton, 40-foot long female Sei whale washed ashore in Sandbridge, Virginia, just south of Virginia Beach. The Virginia Beach Aquarium planned to do a necropsy on site, but marks on the whale indicated interaction with a ship. Sei whales are an endangered species and are not common in the Virginia Beach area.

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Dead whale washes up at Va. Beach
Dead Whale Washes Ashore Near Virginia Beach
Dead whale washes ashore in Sandbridge

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