(20) Tens of Thousands of Elk, Moose & Deer, Yellowstone Park, USA
(19) Thousands of Sardines, Ventura Harbor, CA USA
(18) Thousands of Fish, Baltic Sea
(17) 400 Pilot Whales, East Falklands
The pod of whales apparently died after becoming stranded on the uninhabited Speedwell island to the south west of East Falkland and were discovered by Christopher May a local sheep farmer. Chris May told Mercopress he discovered the stranded whales around 12 March when he visited his sheep farm on Speedwell Island to the south of East Falklands. He estimated that they had been dead for around 10 days, when he discovered the unaccountable incident which scientists have long attempted to diagnose.
(16) 21 Whales, Sydney, Australia
SYDNEY (AFP) – Twenty-one long-finned pilot whales have died but 11 were saved after beaching themselves at Bruny Island, south of the Tasmanian state capital Hobart, conservation officials said on Friday. The whales became stranded on Thursday and were spotted by a passing yacht, which alerted authorities who rushed to Butlers Beach and frantically doused them with water hoping to keep them alive.
(15) 110,000 Albatross Chicks, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (Near Hawaii)
Federal officials are now estimating that more than 110,000 Laysan and black-footed albatross chicks – about 22 percent of this year’s albatross production — at Midway Atoll National Refuge in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument because of last week’s earthquake in Japan. Immediately following the March 11 quake and tsunami, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated “tens of thousands” of albatross chicks have been lost along with 1,000 adult birds resulting from the tsunami that washed over Midway’s three low-lying islands March 10-11. Federal officials said least 2000 adults were also killed. Biologists also initially estimated that thousands of Bonin petrels were lost, but they have since been unable to confirm a number due to the species’ behavior of nesting underground. Their burrows are not as extensively mapped as the albatross nests. More:
In related news, the sad discovery of garbage and plastics found inside Albatross birds. (Note: NOT easy to view these images.)
(14) Mackeral, Acapulco, Mexico
Masses of sardines, anchovies, stripped bass and mackerel surged close to shore Friday on one beach in the Mexican resort city, packed so tightly near the surface they looked like an oil slick from above… “It would fall into that category where you would love to make the connection, but who knows?” said Rich Briggs, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “Tsunamis can change local currents, but it’s hard to make a firm connection.” ©2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
(13) Millions of Sardines in Redondo Beach, California USA
Millions of fish have been found dead floating in a harbour in Los Angeles’ south. The fish — made up of sardines, anchovies and mackerel — have carpeted King Harbour at Redondo Beach, the LA Times reports. “There’s basically fish everywhere you go in the harbour,” assistant harbour manager Jason McMullin told the Times. Although officials have remained silent over possible causes for the mass deaths, Mr McMullin said he had heard the fish might have been driven into the harbour by an algal bloom and died from a lack of oxygen in the confined waterway. The Contra Coast Times said fire, police and public works personnel were on the scene and trying to work out how to remove the fish. “We need to get rid of them,” Sergeant Phil Keenan from Redondo Beach police department told the Times. “This is going to create a terrible pollution and public health issue if we don’t.” Birds that frequent the area have already gorged on the feast of dead fish and there are fears the area will now be invaded by sea lions looking for an easy meal.
(12) More Pilot Whales, New Zealand
Twitter was awash today with theories that the bizarre deaths of more than 100 stranded pilot whales in New Zealand may have been a warning that an earthquake was going to hit. There have been TWO mass whale deaths on NZ’s South Island in less than three weeks. In the latest bizarre incident on Sunday, less than 48 hours before the earthquake hit, a pod of whales beached themselves near Cavalier Creek on Stewart Island. Discussing the earthquake and whale deaths on Twitter, Kate Redman ‘DolphinSeeker30′ asked: “could the stranding of 100 pilot whales be linked to the earthquake?” CodeNameTanya tweeted: “Over a hundred pilot whales beached themselves in New Zealand and then the earthquake. Wonder if tectonic plate shifts confuse whales. Hmmm.” VeganWheekers asked: “Could there be a connection between the 107 whales that died on New Zealand beach yesterday and today’s earthquake?” while TV New Zealand added: “has anyone noticed the correlation between beached whales and earthquakes?” Following the discovery of 30 stranded pilot whales on the island earlier this month, RadioLive breakfast show host Marcus Lush tweeted that an earthquake “greater than five” would hit in the next week.
Source: UK Mirror by Chris Powers
(11) Thousands of Dead Fish in Florida