Tuesday, April 5, 2016

FUK-U-SHIMA: The Radiation In The Pacific Ocean From The Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown Is Causing "UNPRECEDENTEDLY" Huge Mortality And Mutation Events Along The North American Coast - Scientists Say "DIE-OFFS Are Ongoing And Severe,... REALLY BIG STORY,... Diversity Of Organisms, Then All Of Sudden WE SAW NOTHING,... It Was STRIKING,..."; Expert Says It Is "FAR WORSE THAN ANYTHING EVER SEEN BEFORE,... NEVER HEARD Of Such A Thing ANYWHERE IN WORLD"; Deaths Puzzling Government Scientists; Reports Of Beaches Full Of Bodies; Countless Carcasses; "ALIEN FISH" Caught Off Pacific Coast; Bizarre Creature Resembles "ALBINO SHARK" With Large Distended Stomach; Doctor Reveals That THREE EXCEEDINGLY RARE Albino Dolphins Were Captured Off Japan In ONE YEAR! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

Photo by Jaime Rendon, via Pisces Sportfishing
April 5, 2016 - PACIFIC OCEAN - “We’ve had a number of unusual mortality events in the system where some of the great whales are actually washing up or floating around dead and this is a huge signal we’re talking dozens of whales and this is very atypical for the region.” - Russell Hopcroft, Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks.

[Slide: 'Unprecedented Mass Mortality Event' ~100,000 dead Cassin's Auklets] — “Some seabird data… for Cassin’s Auklets… they eat mainly krill… what you’re seeing is a time series September through March with massive die offs over the winter compared to normal, so really big ecosystem effects.” - Julie Keister, Univ. of Washington.

WATCH: Pacific Anomalies Workshop - Session 1.

[Slide: 'What are we trying to understand? 1) Death (e.g. whale and bird die-offs… ongoing and severe!)] — “There are number of big things that have gone on, but at least to me, the whale and bird die-offs that we’ve seen at the upper trophic levels are really a big story. They’re ongoing, particularly in Alaska now, there’s a huge die-off… they’re very severe, we’re talking about hundred of thousands of birds that have died at different trophic levels.” - Scientist.

“What I want to show here, and again one of the things that we’ve talked about today is how different the system has been throughout California, Baja all the way up to Alaska… The surface chlorophyll, we have seen a major decrease… We had seen a decrease in the phytoplankton concentration starting in November of 2013. The samples that were coming in, the reports that were coming throughout California — we weren’t seeing anything. It was really striking to me that all of a sudden we have diversity, we have organisms that are in the water — we’ve seen nothing. So that was really brought to my attention.” - Melissa Carter, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

WATCH: Pacific Anomalies Workshop - Session 2.

“We have a poster, actually our data is included in a couple posters… We have another looking at our three unprecedentedly huge mortality events since November of 2014.” - Kirsten Lindquist, Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association.

ALIEN FISH IN CABO? Jaime Rendon is the well known and liked local captian [sic] of the panga Dr. Pescado; he is also a great fisherman… he caught this strange creature off of Cabo today. It appears to be some kind of shark. He realized it was something special and RELEASED it him/her back into the Sea… Photos have been sent to local experts to try and find out what it is. - Pisces Sportfishing Fleet.

Photo by Jaime Rendon, via Pisces Sportfishing

Mysterious, alien-like shark caught off Cabo San Lucas — A Cabo San Lucas sportfishing captain on Tuesday reeled from the depths a mysterious alien-like fish that somewhat resembles an albino shark, or shark fetus. But the bizarre-looking fish, with a distended stomach, was said to be alive when it was caught… The photos appeared Tuesday night on the Pisces Sportfishing Fleet’s Facebook page, under the heading, “ALIEN FISH IN CABO?”… Tracy Ehrenberg, Pisces general manager, has sent the photos to biologists in Mexico, and we’ve sent out inquiries as well, hoping to obtain an identification. The shark – or shark-like fish – is somewhat reminiscent of the infamous one-eyed “Cyclops” shark caught in the Sea of Cortez in [July] 2011… the shark fetus was pulled from either a bull or dusky shark… - Pete Thomas.

Vet Urges Research into Albino Dolphins Captured in Taiji, Japan — Dr. Luca Giovagnoli [a Veterinary Medicine Surgeon] is urging further research into the impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on marine mammals, after three white dolphins were captured in close succession… Albino dolphins are exceedingly rare in the wild, yet in the last 12 months, three white dolphins have been captured… “There are not many albino animals among cetaceans,” said Dr. Luca Giovagnoli, DVM, “and they are not all concentrated in one area.”… According to NOAA Fisheries, there have only been 14 recorded sightings of albino bottlenose dolphins since 1962… “This in itself is already a rare phenomenon,” the vet explained, “but when you tie the capture of many “genetically altered” subjects together we must consider other events. One of the probable causes of these genetically altered subjects must be researched in the Fukushima nuclear disaster.” - Wire Service.

Alaska’s massive seabird die-off spreads… Federal biologists last week walked… Katmai National Park and counted 2,000 dead seabirds… “[That's only] a hint of what probably was there… every beach we looked at had dead birds” [US Fish & Wildlife Service's Robb Kaler said]… “if we had rakes we would have found a lot more,” [said retired USGS biologist Tony DeGange]… [Officials surveyed the area] in 2009 and 2012 [and] counted zero and 14 common murres… Last week [they] counted hundreds. - AP.

Seabird die-off takes twist… thousands of common murres were found dead [in an Alaskan] lakeexperts were puzzled. “We’ve talked about unprecedented things about this die off. That’s another one,” said [USGS biologist] John Piatt… “6,000, 8,000 birds in the lake is pretty mind-blowing, reallyI’ve never heard of any such a thing anywhere in the world.”… [F]ederal agencies are trying to determine if the murre deaths are connected to lack of food… or something else…”This is the thing about this die-off,” Piatt said. “We don’t even know what we don’t know.” - AP.

Thousands of Alaska birds dying mysteriously — The massive die-offcontinues to surprise federal scientists. The latest twist was the discovery of thousands of carcasses of common murres along a freshwater Alaska lake… [USGS's John Piatt said] to have more than 6,000 in a lake mind-blowing. - KTVF.

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Common Murre [spends] winter at sea, making inland discoveries… that much more alarming. - KTUU.

Abnormal numbers of dead common murres, all apparently starved, began washing ashore on Alaska beaches in March 2015. After late-December storms, 8,000
were found at the Prince William Sound community of Whittier. The confirmed carcass count is now up to 36,000, but most don't wash ashore.
Also, Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the United States put together and relatively few beaches have been surveyed.

Researchers trying to find out the cause of the deaths would not have thought to look on a freshwater lake but were alerted to the Iliamna carcasses
by Randy Alvarez, a member of the Lake and Peninsula borough assembly.

Alaska scientists continue researching seabird death mysteryDie-offs have occurred before but not on this magnitude… Numbers spiked to alarming levels in early winter. The confirmed carcass count is now up to 36,000, [USGS wildlife biologist Sarah Schoen] said. That’s far higher than previous common murre die-offs and many beaches have not been surveyed… Though the murres appear to have starved, researchers wonder if something caused them to quit eating or to be less successful funding food… Some details are emerging… The sampled birds also were heavier than birds sampled in a 1993 die-off… “So it doesn’t look like just starvation is killing them,” Schoen said. “It looks like there’s something else that could be tipping them over the edge.” - AP.

It’s one of the biggest mysteries Alaska has seen for some time… Scientists say the die-off of Murres was the biggest they’ve ever seen [and] 500,000 Murres may have died… “they actually have empty stomachs, so we aren’t finding any food,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Elizabeth Labunski. Scientists say something is keeping the birds from reaching their food source, which suggests there could be a bigger problem with the ocean itself. “I think an alarm bell should go off because these are indicator species about what’s going on in the ocean”… said Fish and Wildlife biologist Kathy Kuletz. Kuletz said the bird die-off could have implications for other species… And she doesn’t think the die-off is over. - KTVA.

[Community members] have seen more dead murres… [One] said there was a beach full of dead birds. We have seen some that looked very sick and unaware. - Naomi McMullen, Environmental Coordinator Native Village of Port Graham.

[A] resident had observed countless dead seagulls and other sea birds that were found dead. The amount she had seen was countless… birds were acting weird, sick… too weak to fly. - Arlene Shimanek & Alice Julius, Native Village of Goodnews Bay.

 (Alaska), Aug 17, 2015: Dead Birds (Murres)… We want to be kept appraised of these impacts whether it is an algae bloom/PSP related event or potentially related to the Fukushima Power plant (earth quake) disaster? - Nancy Yeaton, Nanwalek IRA Council.

Watch all the presentations here

Broadcasts: KTVA | NPR

Compiled by ENE News.

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