This just doesn’t stop. I’m past the point of thinking these numbers are “normal” or that they “happen all the time”. The effects of poisoning, oil spills, climate change in the form of extreme winter conditions, and algal blooms also caused by humans cause this trend to continue.
Fish Kill In Cedar Creek a Mystery - Pennsylvania - May 3rd 2011
Investigators have been unable to determine what killed about 100 fish, mostly trout, in Cedar Creek three weeks ago.
Thousands of dead fish in Pampanga River, Philippines- May 3rd 2011 - cause as yet undetermined, possibly overfishing
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Governor Lilia Pineda on Monday has asked fourth district Provincial Board member Nestor Tolentino investigate the tons of dead fish floating along the Masantol portion of Pampanga River.
Dead Fish in East Lagoon at NIU - Illinois - May 3rd 2011 - oxygen deprivation
Winter Kill in Calburn Lake - Calgary - May 3rd, 2011 - oxygen deprivation
Fish and Wildlife Services say that the remaining fish should do well because there will be less competition. “There will be lots of food for them, and they’ll start reproducing as long as we don’t get a number of winter kills. Then they’ll come back on their own,” says Ed Pirogowicz, Fish and Wildlife Officer.
Lakeside NY town hauls away thousands of dead fish - April 27th, 2011 - oxygen deprivation
MORIAH, N.Y. — Crews are cleaning up the thousands of dead fish that have washed up along Lake Champlain’s New York shoreline
Thousands of dead fish wash up on Indian beach - Panaji India - April 30th, 2011 - locals suspect fishermen, but have no fucking clue
PANAJI: The people of Calangute and Candolim witnessed an unusual phenomenon of dead sardines surfacing on the beaches in the area…As the day progressed the dead fish got accumulated in huge numbers.
Huge sperm whale washes up on Sydney beach - Australia - April 29th - cause of death unknown, shark mutilation, but possibly after the death.
Mystery over death of whale in double stranding - New Zealand - March 5th, 2011 (yeah, I missed this one so it’s late) - cause of death unknown
A blue whale stranded on the Waiinu Beach over the weekend is the first of its kind to be seen on the South Taranaki coastline in 30 years.
Anton van Helden, collection manager of marine mammals at Te Papa, said that, from the pictures he saw, it was incredibly emaciated, which was odd for this time of year.
“It’s quite an unusual occurrence for us to have a baleen type whale,” he said. Baleen or whalebone whales were krill feeders who lived in deep ocean areas Mr Campbell said.
Other deep sea whales have been spotted in rare close to shore sightings this year.
Gray and Blue whale migrations patterns deviate this year - Southern California - May 1st 2011
This final stage of the northbound migration through Southland waters is occurring later than usual and comes during an unseasonably early arrival of blue whales into Southern California waters.
Blue whales are being seen sporadically, as close as a mile from shore to several miles offshore, as they presumably conduct a hunt for vast blooms of shrimp-like krill. The Dana Pride crew has seen krill off Orange County and on Saturday the crew of the Christopher out of Long Beach witnessed a blue whale lunge-feeding at the surface, nine miles from shore.
Male pilot whale dies stranded on Wurtulla beach Australia - April 21st, 2011
Lemming hordes on pace for record migration in Sweden - April 11, 2011
Hordes of lemmings have been spotted leaving the safety of the mountains to make their way down to more inhabited areas, falling victim to traffic and being preyed upon by other animals.
“I must have seen a thousand just since Saturday. They are absolutely everywhere. They are swimming about in the lake close to our house, they jump on the ice floes, and they scurry around the outside of our house,“ said holiday-maker Magnus Lundberg, to the local Östersundsposten (ÖP) daily.
Favourable weather has created the conditions for 2011 to become what Swedes call “a real lemming year”.
According to Bengt Landström of the mountain unit at the County Administrative Board in Norrbotten, this may well be a record year for lemmings…
To read more about mass fish kills and whale strandings check out my other Round-ups:
- Pattern Recognition - Mass Fish Kill Roundup - Late April 2011
- Pattern Recognition - Fish & sea animal deaths April 2011
- They’re everywhere! Massive Insect Plagues & Infestations - March 2011 Round-up
- Dead Fish Round-up March 31st
- Dead Fish Round-up - March 30th
- Pattern Recognition - Mass whale & Dolphins strandings 2011