Saturday, November 29, 2014

DISASTER PRECURSORS: Omen – The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior, Mass Animal Die-Offs, Appearance Of Rare Creatures And Warnings From Mother Nature!

November 29, 2014 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.

3 Whales dead after stranding on a beach in Rototai, New Zealand

Charlotte Squire

In what became a Golden Bay community event, hundreds of people turned up at Rototai beach to see and touch three dead sperm whales that had become stranded.

The whales, which ranged in length from 14 to 17 metres long were located about one kilometre out on tidal flats from the beach carpark.

Local iwi gathered to bless the three whales, which were towed by tug boat to Farewell Spit last night, once the tide was high enough to move them.

Charlotte Squire
 Department of Conservation biodiversity programme manager Hans Stoffregen said DOC had received a phone call from Rototai residents saying there were whales milling about at sea.

"This morning we got a call from residents saying they were stranded."

Golden Bay kaumatua John Ward-Holmes said iwi would later harvest the teeth and jawbone, which were regarded as "taonga". He said local iwi Ngati Tama, Te Ati Awa and Ngati Rarua were kaitiaki of the teeth and jawbone, and that iwi were working in partnership with DOC on the whale stranding.

Charlotte Squire

While smaller pilot whales strand in Golden Bay every year, sperm whales, which are the largest of the toothed whales, aren't such a common sight in Golden Bay.

Stoffregen said the last sperm whale to be washed up in Golden Bay was "Tamati", who stranded at Puponga in 2007.

WATCH: Sperm whales beached in Golden Bay.

Rototai resident Gaya Brabant said she and her family noticed the whales offshore last night and called DOC. Initially she thought they were playing. She said her son saw six whales further out to sea.

She wondered if a large amount of blue bottles had played any role in attracting the whales to come into the shallow waters. - Stuff.

Dead humpback whale washes up on Nantucket beach, Massachusetts, United States

A 25-foot humpback whale was found dead on a Nantucket beach. © Nantucket Natural Resources Department

A 25-foot humpback whale was found dead on a Nantucket beach early Tuesday morning.

The whale was found on Miacomet Beach, said Maggie Mooney-Seus, spokeswoman for the Greater Atlantic Regional office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It had has no visible wounds, Mooney-Seus said. She speculated it could have died from disease or been hit by a boat.

Mooney-Seus said with a nor'easter expected to hit the region Wednesday, the whale might have to stay put for a while.

"They're not anticipating being able to get in and move it at this point" because of the approaching storm, she said. It could also be a while until the carcass is removed because NOAA does not have staff who cover Nantucket and because marine officials' focus is currently on the hundreds of sea turtles that have been washing up along the Cape with hypothermia.

"Right now, I guess we're just monitoring the situation," Mooney-Seus said.

Mooney-Seus said she did not know if a necropsy would be performed to determine the cause of death.

Mooney-Seus said people should stay away from the whale and keep their pets away, too.

The whale was found around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Environmental Police spokeswoman Amy Mahler said in an e-mail. - Boston Globe.

Mass die-off of sea birds washing up along the Sonoma Coast, United States

Cassins Auklet at night (Ptychoramphus aleuticus) photo taken in 2003 on Farallon Islands (COURTESY OF SABINE'S SUNBIRD)

Scientists up and down the West Coast are monitoring what appears to be a large-scale die-off of young Cassin’s auklets, small seabirds whose breeding grounds include a colony in the Farallon Islands west of San Francisco.

Emaciated, white-bellied birds have been washing ashore in Sonoma County and along a broad swath of California coastline since early November after a period of ocean warming in the Farallones region and disappearance of the tiny krill that provide their main source of food, researchers say.

Scientists are still collecting data, but the largest concentration of dead birds appears to be in northern Oregon, according to monitors in the Pacific Northwest. Birds have been washing up in Washington, as well.

Scientists say anyone who finds a dead bird should leave it alone so that monitors surveying the beaches can collect accurate records on the die-off.

Just what’s behind the phenomenon is far from clear, those involved in the research say.

One factor may in fact be the species’ recent breeding success, which means a particularly large number of inexperienced fledglings were introduced last summer to the harsh challenges of life at sea, they said.

But there’s concern, at least locally, about the drastic shift in ocean temperature and feeding conditions — from those that facilitated several very productive breeding seasons to those that prompted nesting pairs in the Farallones to abandon their second round of eggs in July — and the potential for linkage to climate change.

Jaime Jahncke, director of California Current at Point Blue Conservation Sciences, which has monitored the Cassin’s auklets in the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge for more than four decades, said mean sea surface temperatures recorded in July and August were the second-highest in 45 years, and rose substantially in September.

But “you can have ocean warming for different reasons,” he said.

An anomalous warming in 2005 and 2006 — though it was winter — resulted in a large die-off of birds, as well as a season in which the birds did not come to the Farallones to breed, Jahncke said. There was also a high mortality event in 1997 and ’98. - The Press Democrat.

Dead beaked whale washes ashore on Pensacola Beach, Florida

Beach visitors were caught off guard early Monday morning to find a deceased Beaked Whale on shore near Margaritaville Hotel on Pensacola Beach. The 20-foot whale beached Sunday night, said Cassity Bromley, chief of science and resource stewardship for the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

"The whale had washed up and was half buried right where the tide was coming in," said Josh Bell, a hotel employee. "They brought a bulldozer-type thing and a big tractor, dug it out, tied it up around the tail area, picked it up and took it across the beach." Bell said he works on the beach every day, and he has seen sharks and fish wash ashore but never anything like a whale.

Santa Rosa Island Authority used a backhoe loader to remove and transport the whale to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge in Fort Walton Beach, which is part of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. The whale will undergo a necropsy to verify its species and the cause of death.

Bell and co-worker Belinda Radford were among those on the beach who watched Santa Rosa Island Authority load the whale for transport.

Radford was concerned about how the whale died, but was confident a cause would be determined and steps taken if necessary to prevent future deaths.

"It was crazy," she said. "It was beached and half buried, but they were out there real quick."

A 20-foot-long whale beached Sunday night in front of Margaritaville Beach Hotel and was discovered this morning.  © Belinda Radford

© Josh Bell

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge has performed a necropsy on the beached Beaked Whale found Monday on Pensacola Beach.

According to Ed Cake, professor emeritus at Southern Mississippi University and a marine biologist with Gulf Islands National Seashore in Ocean Springs, Miss., a gross exam was performed first, consisting of an overall exam of the whale's exterior in which they looked for any injury or wounds.

Then they performed an internal exam of the body, looking for any disease or injury not showing on the outside. They determined the sex of the whale, took tissue samples and looked for parasites and any bone injuries.

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge began the necropsy 3:30 p.m. Monday at their facility in Fort Walton Beach, according to Holly Young, an animal care technician at the refuge. The necropsy procedure was finished around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. It is unknown when the results will be determined. - PNJ.

Young woman killed by a mob of monkeys in India

Monkey tragic: A string of brutal attacks by the Langur monkey has plagued the city of Shimla

A woman in India has been killed by a mob of marauding monkeys.

The woman was reportedly cornered by a group of monkeys on her farm in Himachal Pradesh, before they attacked and killed her.

A legislation banning people from catching the monkeys and selling them for medical research has recently been passed.

Reports suggest this new rule has seen a primate boom in Shimla, where there is an average of 400 bites a month.

It is believed there are around 400,000 monkeys in the region, with the attacks being blamed on black-faced langur monkeys, which can grow to 4ft tall and weigh three stone.

According to the NY Post, regional chief justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir said: "The growth of monkeys is at its peak. It is shocking to record that in the last week, we have lost the precious life of a young woman."

An 86-year-old victim of a black-faced langur is also in critical condition at a local hospital with multiple bite wounds and fractures.

Local deputy mayor Takinder Panwar has criticised the local government for the wildlife protection order saying the "population is too large to be supported in the wild and they come into the town looking for easy food".

But conservationists claim they only cause a problem because of the rapid expansion of towns and villages by humans.

According to the Mirror, former Indian Forest Service ranger and Nature Watch campaigner Rajeshwar Negi, 36, said: "We strongly reject and condemn the demands for either culling or allowing the export of monkeys for medical research." - AOL.

Villager trampled to death by elephant in West Bengal, India

In the early hours on Wednesday, at Dhupguri area in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, a local villager was trampled to death by an elephant, a forest official said.

This shocking incident of animal attack on a human took place when a herd of elephants from the neighbouring forest entered Duramari village. This group of elephants damaged paddy crops and was on the way towards the dwellings of the village.

Jalpaiguri Wildlife Warden Seema Chowdhury said, The villager of Duramari Village named Dinesh Chandra Roy was killed by a pachyderm when he came face to face with the elephant as he stepped out of his house.

After killing a villager, the herd of elephants then returned to the forest.  - Vishwagujarat.

Hyena kills two children in Tanzania

© Savannah Cox

In the wake of increasing attacks by wild animals especially hyenas in the Lake Zone
the Wildlife Department in Mwanza is calling on parents and guardians to be extra vigilant to the whereabouts of their children at all times.

Mwanza Regional Wildlife Officer Lusajo Masinde made the call over the weekend following a fatal hyena attack on two children in Sangabuye Village, Ilemela District.

One of the children died on the spot while the other passed away few hours later at the Bugando Referral Hospital.

Narrating the incident, Faustine Christopher whose four year old nephew Elias Onesmo was one of mauled children, said Onesmo and three other children were playing outside their house when the stray animal struck.

He said the children screamed for help but by the time their grandfather arrived at the scene, the hyena had already attacked and dragged Onesmo away.

Sangabuye Village Chairman John Luhaha said the villagers went in search of the hyena and found the body disembodied remains of Onesmo with the head and limbs missing.

The surviving child who was however severely injured was rushed to Bugando Referral Hospital where he unfortunately died undergoing treatment.

Sangabuye residents Stella Gabriel and Mussa Machongo expressed their concerns and pointed out that it is not common for wild animals especially hyenas, to attack human beings noting that hyenas, for example, are known to feed on carcasses rather than hunt. - IPP Media.

Elderly apple grower killed by bear in Japan

A 74-year-old man was found dead Thursday morning at his apple orchard in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, after having apparently been attacked by a bear.

Police said Kazuo Harada told his wife Wednesday night he was going out to see if there were any bear tracks near the apple trees, TBS reported. Harada's wife went to bed early and found her husband's body at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Harada's face and throat had injuries and claw marks consistent with a bear attack, police said, adding that bear tracks were found near Harada's body.

Police said there have been numerous bear sightings in the area recently. Authorities said that in autumn, bears aggressively search for food before hibernating for the winter. - Japan Today. 

Father and son killed in elephant attack, Sri Lanka

A father and his six-year-old son were killed after being attacked by a wild elephant in the Paludeniya area in Aralaganwila this morning, the Police Spokesman's Office.

The 45-year-old victim, who is employed as a security guard at a private company in Paludeniya, was with his son at his occupation when the elephant attack took place.

They were both rushed to the Dehiattakandiya Hospital with critical injuries following the attack, however were pronounced dead on admittance, police said.  - Adaderana.

2 people killed in another elephant attack in Sri Lanka

 A wild elephant stormed into a crowded pilgrimage town in Sri Lanka on Wednesday and trampled two men to death near Buddhism's most sacred tree, a resident and police said.

Wildlife authorities fired tranquiliser darts to try to subdue the rampaging animal in the town of Anuradhapura, 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of the capital, police said.

The elephant ran past President Mahinda Rajapakse's official residence in Anuradhapura at dawn before crushing a cyclist and a bystander near the holy tree, the Sri Maha Bodi.

"It is very unusual for an wild elephant to go to town like this," a local resident told AFP. "The last time we saw something like this was when a tusker came to the town in 2001 but it did not kill anyone, unlike this time."

Police said it was unclear what sparked the rampage. They have tied the elephant's legs together and were now working with wildlife authorities to return it to nearby jungle.

The tree, guarded around the clock by armed men, is believed grown from a sapling of a tree in India that sheltered the Buddha when he attained enlightenment more than 2,550 years ago.

"The attack was near the Uda Maluwa (upper terrace) police post (of the sacred tree)," said police spokesman Ajith Rohana.

Elephants are considered sacred in Sri Lanka and are also protected by law.

The country boasted 12,000 elephants in 1900 but their numbers have dropped below 7,500 as a result of farmers encroaching on their habitats and killing animals that stray onto their crops.

Source: AFP

- ZEE News.

British tourist victim of 'worst-ever' attack by Gibraltar monkey

Brit holidaymaker needed 40 stitches after monkey attack

A British tourist needed 40 stitches after being attacked by one of Gibraltar's famous apes.

Stuart Gravenell, 53, was walking through the Upper Rock Nature Reserve with his son, Bradley, when he was attacked.

A pack of apes charged at them, and one male sunk his teeth into Stuart's forearm and shook its head, opening up two bloody wounds.

Stuart collapsed and was rushed to hospital, where nurses said it was the worst injury inflicted by a local ape that they'd ever seen.

Stuart, a retired IT worker, told the Gloucester Citizen: "You just wouldn't believe how traumatic it was. It was a very very upsetting experience.

"It was supposed to be a nice family holiday and it was totally ruined.

"I have no recollection of the actual incident - I think I must have blocked it out.

"But Bradley said it just ran up and stopped dead in its tracks and jumped on me - half on my back and half of my shoulder.

"He said it grabbed my arm - I've got claw marks - and it bit into me arm and just shook. It was so aggressive. It savagely bit my arm, tearing it open.

"It jumped off and was just sat on the wall looking at me. Blood was pouring and spurting everywhere - it was like a tap."

Stuart, from Hardwicke, in Gloucestershire, had driven from home to Casares del Sol in Spain for a three-week break with his wife Diane and his son.

The keen walkers took a day trip to nearby Gibraltar and paid 50p each to enter the Upper Rock Nature Reserve when the incident occurred on 24 September.

Albert Poggio, the UK-based representative for the colony, told the Mirror: "It is very very sad but what can one say?

"These monkeys are wild. We do give as much notice all over the place. It is very unfortunate.

"We are trying to keep the numbers down and we have just exported 30 to Scotland."  - AOL.

Hiker killed by bear in New Jersey took photo shortly before attack

© AP Photo/Darsh Patel via West Milford Police Department

A New Jersey hiker killed by a bear in September took a series of photos of the animal with his cellphone before it mauled him to death.

Police in West Milford have released five photos taken by 22-year-old Darsh Patel before he was killed by the 300-pound black bear while hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve, 45 miles northwest of New York.

The photos show the bear behind a fallen tree in the woods. Investigators say the phone was found with puncture marks from the bear.

The photos were released after filed an open records request.

West Milford police and the state Environmental Protection Department said last month that the bear did not seem interested in food and exhibited "stalking type behavior."  

- AP.

Large fish kill found washed up along Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia

On the morning of Tuesday November 18 I was dismayed to see a large number of dead fish along the tide line of Main Beach. I am wondering if anyone knows what caused the fish kill.

Not so long ago I saw the tide deposit a slimy green mat all along Belongil Beach, and I have heard a few people saying they have seen no dolphins for a while. Could it be that the Belongil estuary health has been compromised, and some serious and independent assessments need to be done before any go-ahead of any proposal which could increase toxicity and damage marine and human life? - Echo.

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