Large die-off of Alaska seabirds from disease never found before in state history — Official: It’s super, super common… except it’s first time — Hundreds dead per km²; Continued to wash ashore — ‘Relatively’ natural; Witness: Head flopped backward, appeared to have seizure, then dropped dead (AUDIO)

Published: December 12th, 2013 at 2:28 pm ET
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Anchorage Daily News: Hundreds of dead sea birds found on the beaches of St. Lawrence Island were the victims of Alaska’s first detected avian cholera outbreak, officials said this week. One hunter in Gambell spotted a bird on the beach, its head flopping backward […] The bird acted like it was having a seizure. Then it dropped dead. […] Gay Sheffield, a Nome-based biologist with the University of Alaska’s Marine Advisory Program […] received three bird carcasses: a northern fulmar […] a thick-billed murre […] and a black crested auklet […] “For this disease, actually, these numbers are really small, which makes me think there’s a lot more birds that died somewhere else that we didn’t see” [said Kimberlee Beckmen, Fish & Game veterinarian.]

“It’s super, super common” (except it’s the first time)

“It’s not something that can hurt people” (but wear gloves, wash hands, and never eat  it)

  • Cathie Harms, a wildlife biologist with ADF&G: “The good news is although birds died, it’s not something that can hurt people”
  • AP: Officials warn anyone touching a sick bird or animal to wear gloves and wash hands with soap and water after handling animals or butchering meat. Never eat sick birds or animals that may have died from a disease.

Biologist will try an aerial count of carcasses in a few days (as residents dispose of bodies)

  • AP: A local biologist will try to get an aerial count of infected birds or carcasses next week.
  • Anchorage Daily News: Residents will don protective gloves to pick up what carcasses they find
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game: Outbreaks are usually handled by removing the carcasses as soon as possible

Dead seabirds continued to wash up, though not as many as before

  • AP: Most of the birds turned up on a 10-mile beach […] Early reports put the number of dead birds at 200 to 300
    bird per square kilometer. The outbreak is apparently already declining, wildlife authorities said. […]
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game: Beckmen noted that the number of and dead birds reported is decreasing.
  • Cathie Harms, a wildlife biologist with ADF&G: “We are hearing fewer reports of dead birds as the days go on.”

It is just an unprecedented outbreak (which are never related to environmental changes)

  • AP: Residents in Gambell and Savoonga worried something in the environment had killed the birds, and notified officials.
  • Cathie Harms, a wildlife biologist with ADF&G: She says even with a large die-off like the one recently seen off St. Lawrence Island, it’s a relatively natural event. “We had heard that people had concerns of why birds were dying and appearing on the beach […] it isn’t related to the environment or other issues – it is just an outbreak.”
  • Gay Sheffield, a Nome-based biologist with the University of Alaska’s Marine Advisory Program: “People out there did a fabulous job of responding, reporting, getting the word out. It’s only because of their actions that we’re learning what this is all about.”

Listen to the KSKA broadcast here

See also: Alaska: 28% of polar bears with skin lesions & hair loss, thyroids tested by gov’t… like symptoms in seals & walrus — Surprisingly high mortality of musk ox, weak immune system suspected — High rate of embryo deaths & bad eggs for geese

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88 comments to Large die-off of Alaska seabirds from disease never found before in state history — Official: It’s super, super common… except it’s first time — Hundreds dead per km²; Continued to wash ashore — ‘Relatively’ natural; Witness: Head flopped backward, appeared to have seizure, then dropped dead (AUDIO)

  • bo bo

    I love how the official sounds like a valley girl …. 'totally, totally, super, super common !'

  • Alpha1

    yes it is super common but pay attention never seen before. Oh my god this is totally super stupid if we believe it is common in more than one strain of sea bird as it is not!!!!

  • Proton

    No wonder… The coastal fog & sea mist are probably as thick as Cream of Actinide soup

  • Nick

    Common? Come on. Give me a break.

    Dear Alaskans,

    I hope some of you are waking up to this mess. Looks like a few folks in California are getting up to speed. Not sure if Oregon or Washington folks are awake though since the DOE at Hanford has 'em cowed.

    (No offense WA/Or….just show us you are getting pissed, etc.)

    I suggest all Alaskans unite and learn just what the f is going on…..it ain't gonna just be about a few 100 dead birds…..

    • We Not They Finally

      Yes, they should totally "unite and learn just what the f is going on." But then, what do they get to EAT?

      Since mass migrations of populations can, or maybe even WILL be a chaotic disaster, everyone should at least have preventative measures in their back pocket. Good reverse osmosis water filtration, the baking soda to make the blood alkaline (protects against cancer, which thrives on acid blood), lots of anti-oxidants. Cut way back on dairy, and also take magnesium. (Epsom Salt baths are great — magnesium sulfate.)

      There is much else people can do. They just can't keep making assumptions about the safety of their food.

    • pattersonp

      Yes, that particular bacteria has been inside the lake for atleast 25 years. Not to mention the industrial run-off from Lake Erie (80% of Lake Ontario is outflow from Lake Erie) and all the stuff from the USA. Farms are one of the biggest sources of contamination as well from fertilizer and waste run-off.

      Alaska has known oil wells, mines out the wazoo, tiling ponds, known nuclear test sites…

      Fukushima is accelerating what already has been set in motion from 100 years of Industrial KABOOM.

  • captndano captndano

    Hmmm, I wonder if radiation affects cognitive thinking?

  • Sol Man

    It's just an outbreak….of spontaneous death syndrome.

  • weeman

    Why has it never been documented in Alaska, the water is very cold and hense does not propagate as fast, so what changed, is there a increase in surface temp or has the bird immune system been compromised.

    Could what we are seeing have something to do with plate tectonics? The pacific plate has been active and most of it is below sea level, could be under water volcano or realease of gases, we know birds are highly supseptable to gases, a precursor to what is to come California?

  • tsfw tsfw

    But, it being December, the ground is frozen on St. Lawrence Island. Burning the birds' bodies would take fuel. That's an expensive solution, given the high cost of diesel in rural Alaska. It would also leave petroleum waste on the beach.

    Or maybe they don't want to burn the radioactive birds?

    And " isn't MUCH of a threat to humans". Great, thanks for elaborating.

    And it's rare but super common like it's alarming but not scary. Or was it scary but not alarming …(insert eyes rolling here)

  • pattersonp

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_fracking

    Good job guys, more Fukushima fear m ongering.

    The exact place this guy is from 'Gambell' is also on the North Slop/Coast… coincides with all their major fracking duties.

    Has starting since 2008.

    25%+ of all oil extracted is by means of fracking method.

    Unless we are getting physical samples in the water and some numbers from these birds this is all speculation and Arnie & Caldicott style fear mongering.

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      I suppose this will be played out over time. Obviously, this site, and those posting to it, have been right more than they have been wrong. If you choose to not believe that is fine. But to throw the label, "fear mongering" around as you do, is a misrepresentation of what those here have contributed to disclosing the truth and offering understanding of this event. Certainly, nuke shills and industrial insiders only have about a year and a half left, before there will no longer be even the slimmest amount of plausible deniability, …and before people will begin fleeing the west coast. Sell now, before you will not be able to, would be my advice. Anyone with viable eggs and intention to have children will leave the area first. By the way… Are you still eating Alaska fish?

      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        spot one Cataclysmic. Aside from the horrors we're all to face, I'm getting a kick out of the dismissive comments of the pro-nuke crowd. While they've spent the last sixty-plus years treating the world as though it were their personal garbage disposal, they never miss any opportunity to question the scientific voracity of those who challenge the safety of nuclear power. They're a crowd of double-dealing hypocrites. But it's like you point out. They only have but a year or more before the wheels fall off their carnival van. Fortunately for them, the laws of thermodynamics apply to solar energy technology. Otherwise, they're gonna have a lot of explaining to do to their families, when those pink slips start raining down with the deadly byproducts of their endless arrogance…

    • Please get off your ongoing *soapbox. 😉

      This is NOT fear Mongering.
      It's called being aware and cautious of history's biggest global catastrophe.

      IMO – There is nothing wrong with speculation.

      Especially, if the water samples and the 'numbers' from the birds seem to never get reported or reported 'timely'.

      One is only left to speculate on possible worst case outcomes.
      Somebody's got to do it.

      Gundersen and Caldicott's speculations are probably more accurate and honest than any I've seen from any 'agency' anywhere.

      Side note: Immune system weakness because of low dose long term radiation contamination is 'most likely' going to be a factor. We all know this. At least most of us here on enenews do anyway.

      * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soapbox

    • ftlt

      Patterson: Fracking off shore is horrible and perhaps cubed in terms of pollution released when compared to that of what is happening on land.. Not to mention, doing it in the north area where the sensitivity to wildlife is magnified.

      But to attack Gundersen & Caldicott styles as fear mongering is over the top IMO… They have been consistent voices warning of the dangers of nuclear power and radiation for years. Had we but stopped and listened to them and people like them, perhaps, FUFU would not have happened… The lies of the nuclear industry are about as foul as ones can get… The industry has injured and killed 1,000,000s to date; now with perhaps 10s of millions more to come and they choose to cover it all up with a butter cream frosting of outrageous PR for the general public… The unscrubbed numbers for Chernobyl are ghastly and horrible.. As are the cancer death rates caused by atmospheric nuclear testing in the late 40s – 70s worldwide.. Gunderson and Caldicott have fought these powerful entities almost by themselves for years – They are heroes of the first order IMO. You are just looking for a fight here IMO.

      I do agree with you, there is some jumping the gun done by posters on here around radiation and the recent reports of Western Pacific wildlife phenomena. I choose to wait and see.

      I do know ugly off shore fracking reports are coming out of California as well. I will look to see if they have been linked to die offs here.

    • Alaskan Ice Alaskan Ice

      Fracking as a possible cause has occurred to me as well. It's been around for a long time, with vertical techniques, but recent horizontal techniques have expanded the use. We don't know what's in those fluids (trade secrets) or how they leak, perhaps ruining farmland and ocean alike?

      You underscore an important point: we must not overstate or understate radiation risks or effects.

      From an economic standpoint, these corporate and governmental actors will admit to whatever, at the last possible moment, presaging the the effects they had hoped would never come to pass. All in an attempt to diffuse and muddle the inevitable bad press and litigation to follow. . .

      From a geopolitical standpoint, nationalists and diplomatic promises will dictate outcomes, placing the promised ability to produce future nuclear weapons above human lives on both sides of the Pacific. This is the biggest obstacle and the biggest reason to remain unbiased. Anything overblown will be taken as an intelligence agency attempt to renege and discounted by nationalists long promised future regional superpower status.

      Indeed sincerity would require us to account for the proposition that getting rid of nuclear power world-wide would leave a de-facto club of nations as the sole future possessors of nuclear bombs. Otherwise no (nationalist) will take this seriously, and their state secrets laws will muzzle their own populace.

      Japan is the most likely cusp of populist no-nukes in the…

  • We Not They Finally

    Layman here. But I believe that cholera usually means BAD WATER. And is most common in the tropics, where warmth increases proliferation of bad organisms.

    So the Alaska seabirds have BAD WATER. And since they are in a cold climate, not a tropical one, it is fair to say that they have DISASTROUSLY bad water.

    Gee, wonder how that happened? Not like the seabirds are surrounded by water or anything….

  • name999 name999

    I posted this yesterday, and then heard the news report again this morning, I didn't,t dream this…
    WA & OR are defunding Marine debris Hotline…no one is calling they say…

    Also as part of the budget negotiation (which has already been removed) is the commemoration of our proud American history of nuclear research and development by turning parts of the very hot Hanford nuclear reservation into a Park! This is how these people try to cover their crimes and their toxic dumps…with pride! Hormesis for the whole family, bring the kids, soak in the heated waters…

  • name999 name999

    Honestly…it is hard to think of anyway out of this for our future, our kids…this blatant brainwashed garbage as toxic as Fukushima itself…I burn just hearing about it…

  • ftlt

    Migratory bird die offs because of FUFU are confirmed (New Zealand reports for one)… Bird population drop offs are confirmed from past nuclear atmospheric releases over and over… tTook decades to recover…

    Is this disease nuclear related???

    Good chance… Wait and see for me..

  • Speedy

    Let's see….those birds are 1 or 2 links from the top of the food chain…hmm..this is just stupid….fuku U–Kimberlee

  • tsfw tsfw

    Please someone tell me if I am reading too much between the lines, but they don't want to burn it because of the cost of fuel, really? Seems to me that if they were really concerned about an outbreak of any kind, that they would find a way to foot the bill (no pun intended) for the fuel, come on. Does it seem to any of you that maybe they don't want to burn the birds for fear that they might be radioactive? I can't help but read everything with much scrutiny lately.

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    "it isn’t related to the environment or other issues – it is just an outbreak.”

    This idiot actually has a degree in Biology. Die offs of birds are ALWAYS related to environment. Decrease the immune system and natural parasites bloom in sea feeding animals. It looks like they die of disease, but they won't find any virus or mutation out of the ordinary because the birds were killed by their own decreased immune response. It's a shame to see the biology community so ignorant on matters of nuclear science. "Some laughed, some cried, but most were silent…"

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    From above.. 'avian cholera'..this is a water borne disease..
    How can the frigid water off-shore Alaska..support this?
    Perhaps they are arriving..with lowered immune systems due to the radiation comtamination..(LIKE THE OTHER ANIMALS)..and somewhere along the way contracted cholera..and are coming to shore dead…or dying.

    • ftlt

      HotR: Looking at USGS site here may be why..

      """The bacteria can be transmitted by bird-to-bird contact, contact with secretions or feces of infected birds, or ingestion of food or water containing the bacteria. Aerosol transmission may also occur. The bacteria may survive up to 4 months in soil and water.""" Sounds a lot like human cholera transmission..

      Late August, there would be melted ices these days even on the North Slope… Sometime in September it would freeze over is my (pure guess – not being a Slopie)

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      At the end of: http://www.adn.com/2013/12/06/3216897/bering-sea-bird-die-off-called.html

      "There are seabird die-offs in the Bering Sea that wash into villages all the time," she said. "For this disease, actually, these numbers are really small, which makes me think there's a lot more birds that died somewhere else that we didn't see."

      Ya think? where do the birds migrate? What are they going to eat with all of their food supplies dead, dying or sick from RAIDS. I see that bird deaths are common at least for one of the species but the devil's in the details. Small numbers, death elsewhere likely.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS..Ya and these same life forms are already weakened by pre-existing conditions..
    This is what the 'tipping point'..is all about.

  • bozzy54

    There are over 5 million this year alone and the fish and animal dwarf the birds.
    I'm not a religious person but check this site out for 2013, 2012 and 2011.

    http://Www.end- times-prophecy.org/animal-deaths-birds-fish-end-times/html

    There are links confirming the story's and where they take place.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    N U C L E A R . M E L T D O W N – A N I M A L S . D Y I N G

    And getting worse by the day.

  • bozzy54

    Animals and people, 14,000 since 2011 including baby's.

  • bozzy54

    These massive die off can't be common all around the earth by the millions each day, fish, birds, manatees,dolphine, buffalo, bees, whales, turtles, salp, cattle, moose, elk ext. Ext. Ext. Someone else read this list and there links and tell me that this is common?

    WTF?

    http://www.end-times-prophecy.org/animal-deaths-birds-fish-end-times.html

    • jump-ball jump-ball

      "The death zone off Oregon is therefore different than the more than 400 near-coastal death zones known worldwide, which are mainly attributed to eutrophication, the excessive input of plant nutrients. Eutrophi­cation normally occurs in coastal waters near densely populated regions with intensive agricultural activity."

      Not to mention GMO activity.

      Isolating the likely cause of the recent eastern Pacific die-offs and unusual swarming patterns to Fuku contamination is going to require some free-thinking analysis by some free-speaking expert biologists:

      http://worldoceanreview.com/en/wor-1/ocean-chemistry/oxygen/2/

  • SadieDog

    Help for animals.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-palmquist-dvm/radiation-protection-for-_b_836444.html
    Sorry. I know I just posted but I wanted to put it on current article and I saw a window.

  • Pete

    I myself have observed lack of birds on high rad days, and during extended fog periods here in Seattle. I have also seen birds flying north when they should be going south.

    I also think Crows are the smartest birds, they seem to be more aware as there have been high rad days when no crows are flying but tons are sitting in trees giving me the "what are you stupid?" look, as tons of smaller birds are still flying around.

    or maybe Im just overthinking my observations but hey, somebodies gotta think about it in this damn state.

    Too bad we dont have any org's or universities that do advanced particle modeling or study birds or sealife or the ocean in Washington State. Oh that's right, we do, they just don't know what radiation is. Maybe some day.

  • OldFool

    Whatever caused the bird deaths in North Alaska, it apparently is not due to global warming of the Bering Sea to support bacterial growth. The die-off is not far from Siberia and the water temperatures for that region of Alaska are going down – not up – at least according to the following website.
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/07/19/bering-sea-water-temperature-headed-down/

  • Jebus Jebus

    Keep up the pressure to find out the causes of these massive fish and mammal deaths. No matter what is causing them, this trend is not sustainable for this planet. Whatever the cause, it has to be revealed and the vector for this must be shut down. Pressure, pressure, pressure.
    Now, I'm sorry for the aside, but this next hidden bit needs to be exposed. Taking away the subsidised nuclear money. A viable public utility business model has to at least cover costs otherwise a cash strapped public suffers. Can you afford fifty dollars a year in excess on your utility bill? The red numbers have been exposed from another black hole of a nuclear sham. Case in point…

    Costly To The Core
    How the nuclear plant no one knows about is wasting your money.

    Not for safety reasons, but because it has become the most expensive nuclear plant of its kind in the United States to run, and is a waste of money that costs ratepayers as much as an extra $50 per year.

    http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21636-costlytothecore.html

    Shut it down, it's a broken promise. I want my money back…

  • name999 name999

    …people are pretty shut down on environmental issues facing the West Coast who live on the West Coast…fear…thats why
    Enenews.com is such a lifesaver…goddess bless Enenews.com

    • deaddolphins simonhhh

      Hear hear…"Enenews.com is such a lifesaver"…I have been frequent visitor to many alternate websites over the years…with the usual plethora of subject matter…and just one article on Fuku every couple of days if you are lucky…Fuku sort of buried below the radar with incidental distractions/crap…They just don't get it…they don't understand the imperative, the immediacy, the sheer gravity of the Fukushima AFTERMATH…number 1 global issue…MSM paid to ignore

  • Ourself Ourself

    I can't help but laugh at how ridiculous all of this is. We contaminate an entire ocean and then wonder what's causing all of these epidemics? LOL. I feel like I'm trapped in the worst circus ever.

    Lets let tyrants run the world, and then wonder why everything is so messed up! Yeah! We're the pinnacle of evolution! We can do anything! We're going to split atoms and have flying cars by the year 2000! Woo! Nothing can stop us now! We're going to hook our brains up to computers and live forever! That's right! We're going to travel the universe and have Scotty beam us up!

  • RAY-D-8-TED-DREAMS

    Avian Cholera is used as a biological weapon agent!!!
    It is mentioned here in chapter 6
    Biowarfare, Bioterrorism, and Animal
    Diseases as Bioweapons

    http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/publications/disease_emergence/Chapter6.pdf

  • Sickputer

    Admin typed typed these pixels of light in the italicized header comments:

    "It is just an unprecedented outbreak (which are never related to environmental changes)"

    SP: I appreciate your subtle sarcasm. Yes indeed, Big Brother strolls around naked, but the financial supporters remark on his kingly appearance.

    A smart ten-year child can deduce the truth even if 99% of the public chooses to ignore the news of extinction-level deaths in animals. The animals higher on the food chain die slower.

    The saddest thing I have read recently was the researcher commenting the disoriented whale pods are not even communicating, just dead silence. It's sickening news.

    http://www.vancouversun.com/touch/story.html?id=9079690

    SP: Why are the whales quiet? Because they know something is trying to kill them. They must be in deep despair to have their world so befouled. Super intelligent beings that will be wiped out not by hunting, but by nuclear pollution.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Mankind should not be hunting anything.. 🙁

  • Nick

    Wild turkeys are way down in #'s in NY state.

    Biologists are studying whether or not we are facing known unknowns or knowable unknowable scary
    and alarming trends.

    Me thinks radiation is everywhere, dissolving the chemical bonds of us all.

  • kirinseti

    The current laws we supposedly must follow are of man. Radiation laws, and all others. If you say that any law must be corrected by man, then you have all fallen into the same trap. It's time to look for better laws.

    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      @timemachine2020: watched a video few years ago, which showed the eagles harvesting salmon when they ran. Of course, we'll never see one of these scientist mention that these awesome birds eat a lot of fish…

      • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

        I'm pretty sure that fish is the main diet of most Bald Eagles. Thats all I have ever seen them eat. Eagles eating radioactive fish from fuku fallout I suppose….. Sure were gonna see much more like this. So sad…..

        • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

          @timemachine2020: while Utah is some distance from the West Coast and where the northern salmon run, I think it's important to factor in the diets of these birds and their range, before ruling out RAIDs as being a possible influence in their deaths. And you must also look into their seasonal migration patterns, not just their roosting range. If these birds reach into the north-western zones of Canada and Alaska, then there's a very good chance we're looking at RAIDs-induced illness…

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Pacific Coast jet stream deposits red dust all over south Texas. It was on my truck as well. I thought it was from a local construction site til I saw this report. No one knows what it is. Any Ideas?

    http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=9369293

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