Here are a few stories of the mass animal die-off that is still continuing to grip the planet.
Let's begin in America:
DEAD FISH IN 36 LAKES IN CONNECTICUT!
MASS FISH DIE-OFF IN MICHIGAN!
Thousands of dead fish have led to a stinky mess in the Detroit suburb of River Rouge. WJBK-TV reports the gizzard shad recently were found along the shoreline of the community that's located where the Rouge River flows into the Detroit River. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the fish likely died because of the lengthy, cold winter. Other similar fish deaths have been reported in the Lake St. Clair area. The dead fish collect in canals and in near-shore areas. Landowners with large numbers of dead fish should consider burying or composting them. Shad deaths are typical in the winter and officials say the dead fish likely were hidden under ice until the weather recently got warmer. - WNEM.HEAPS OF DEAD FISH AT BAY STATE PONDS!
The state's Fish & Wildlife Division has been getting a heaping helping of phone calls from the public, reporting heaps of dead fish along Massachusetts pond and lake banks, but it appears there's no foul play at hand. The culprit, the Division says, is none other than Mother Nature. Richard Hartley, who serves as the Division's fish kill coordinator, tells ABC 40 it's the result of the winter's huge snowfall amounts. The fisheries biologist says when ice forms on water bodies every winter, it blocks oxygen from dissolving in to the water. But the thickness of the snow that fell on the ice this winter blocked sunlight. "When the plants can't photosynthesize they begin to die off, and as they die off the vegetation decomposes and actually consumes even more oxygen, and you [get] hydrogen sulfide." That telltale sign began rearing its ugly stench, while winter was going strong, to the noses of ice fishermen as they bored their holes. "We actually started getting signs over the winter, so we kind of braced ourselves. We knew we were in for this, this spring," Hartley explains. But he's glad people are so concerned. "The fish can ... be the canary in the coal mine. We want to know about every fish kill so we don't miss the one that is a toxic or pollution-related event." - WGGB.DOZENS OF DEAD FISH FOUND IN MADISON POND!
Almost 100 fish were found dead in a pond at Strawberry Patch Park in Madison. Madison Parks Director Vern Booth said agents found a mixture of dead catfish, bass and brim in the pond. He said he was concerned that someone may have put some type of chemical in the lake to kill the fish. A wildlife biologist was called to the scene and said Mother Nature is to blame for the occurrence. "It actually happens on a lot of ponds in Mississippi and the southeast. It can be attributed to a large number of factors -- mainly dissolved oxygen. Ponds can lose the oxygen that's in the water for a short period of time, thus causing the fish kill," wildlife biologist Jason Keenan said. Keenan said another reason for the dead fish is over population. He added the water is safe and the fish are fine to eat. - WAPT.RED SAND LAKE FISH DIE-OFF!
MELTING LAKES REVEAL HUNDREDS OF DEAD FISH!
The long cold winter wasn't just tough on Minnesotans, it was tough on fish in area lakes. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board officials say they're cleaning up fish at several lakes in the city, which died from a lack of oxygen. Park officials say they're seeing dead fish at Diamond Lake, Grass Lake, Lake Harriet, Lake Hiawatha, Lake of the Isles, Loring Pond and Powderhorn Lake. Both Loring Pond and Powderhorn Lake are seeing more significant fish kills because they are smaller and more shallow. Park officials found dead channel catfish, large goldfish and bullheads. But they say the fish loss will not be significant enough overall to affect summer fishing on Minneapolis lakes. The fish kills occur when ice and snow prevent sunlight from reaching aquatic plants which produce the oxygen in a lake. The impact varies depending on the species of fish. - KSTP.HUNDREDS OF DEAD FISH IN MEADOWS RIVER!
Low oxygen levels are said to be responsible for the hundreds of dead fish found floating in the Meadow River. The fish were seen floating in the river behind Flying Dust First Nation's band office on the morning of April 11. The ministry of environment was then called in to examine the fish. Gord Sedgewick, a fisheries biologist for the ministry, said the deaths were probably caused by a winter kill. "They died under the ice likely due to low oxygen conditions," said Sedgewick. A winter kill occurs when a large amount of snow packs onto the ice, preventing photosynthesis from taking place. This prevents the fish from receiving enough oxygen to survive. Some of the species found dead at the river included northern pike, white suckers, and burbot. Most of the fish were northern pike, which Sedgewick estimates were between one to two-years-old. - Meadow Lake Progress.50 DEAD BIRDS FALL FROM THE SKY IN KANSAS!
KWCH.Across the globe:
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DEAD FISH IN INDIA!
Tens of thousands of dead fish surfaced on Vapi’s sea coast on Wednesday morning, an incident that locals say is not the first. Villagers of Kolak and Udwada in Vapi went to the sea coast in the morning to prepare for their daily sojourns into the sea when they were shocked by floating pools of dead fish, a sight they claimed to have come across at least thrice earlier. They immediately informed the sarpanchs of both villages as residents began gathering on the sea coast to look at the long line of dead fish being washed up ashore. Most immediately blamed chemical discharges from the industries nearby. Kolak village sarpanch Kishor Patel informed Gujarat Pollution Control Board officials, who took samples of sand, water and dead fish and sent it to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) office to ascertain the cause of death. - Indian Express.In Estonia, a frightening development on Lake Maardu.
LAKE MAARDU WITHOUT FISH!
Local residents discovered the dead fish for about a week ago, when near the shore began melting the ice, according to "Current camera. "Very few fish left, until saw only two living" - says a local resident Laurie Laas. - RUS.
MASSIVE FISH MOR IN THE LIPETSK REGION!
The partial freezing of fish occurred in the nursery pond fish farm "Gryaznovsky" (branch of SHP "Lipetskrybhoz") in the Lipetsk region, where hitherto kept loose ice. As we found out GOROD48, killing an estimated one ton of fish, mainly roach and carp. Now the owners of the pool organize activities for collection and disposal of dead fish in cattle cemetery. At the same time find out the reasons for freezing here - no reason for it was not: on the pond nearly all winter long operated aerators and drilled wells. Perhaps, Zamora came from low water levels and ice thickness above a certain level. However, a more precise cause partial freezing of carp have to tell the invited experts of veterinary services. Their findings will form the basis of an instrument of writing off of dead fish. - Vseneprostotak.100 TONNES OF DEAD FISH IN UKRAINE!
In Bliznyukovsky GUMVD district department of Ukraine in Kharkiv region on April 6 at 7.40 asked chief inspector of the civil protection Bliznyukovskogo PO GUMCHS in Kharkov region. He reported that on April 5 at the pond near the village of Uplatnoe Bliznyukovskogo area experienced massive fish mor. Reservoir with a total area of 60 hectares in Bliznyukovskoy district administration in July 2002, rents a private entrepreneur, a resident of Lozova. According to preliminary data, we found about 100 tons of dead fish (tolstolob, carp, catfish channel catfish Europe, roach, grass carp). Circumstances and material damage are established. Fish kills, experts say, could come from lack of oxygen beneath the ice or exceed the level of acetone in the pond 60 times (an act of the State Ecological Inspectorate in the Kharkov region of 12/02/2011 city). Carried out to disposal of dead fish, according to CCA GUMVD Ukraine in Kharkov region. - O57.PENGUINS LOSING THEIR FEATHERS TO UNKNOWN ILLNESS!
Zoologists are sounding the alarm - because of an unknown illness penguins lose their feathers. The disease has already struck by bird colonies on both sides of the South Atlantic, reports rus.newsru.ua referring to Discovery News. "A disease with loss of feathers is unusual for most species, we need further research to identify the cause of this disorder and find out: whether this phenomenon to other species of penguins," - said the representative of the Wildlife Conservation Society, a zoologist Dee Buersma. Scholars have devoted the study of Magellan penguins for more than 30 years of his life. Possible causes of balding penguin Buersma and his colleagues saw a rift of the thyroid gland and nutritional imbalance. Disease was first recorded in 2006, while 59% of young African penguins have lost a feather. During the year their number reached 97%. In addition, scientists noticed that the affected birds grow much more slowly than their healthy relatives. - NEWSRU.DEAD TURTLES FOUND ON AUSTRALIAN BEACH!