‘Marine Mystery’ in California: “Toxic outbreak threatening marine life” — Birds falling from sky, sea lions convulsing — “Worst they’ve ever seen” — Toxin hits record level, almost 1,000% above gov’t limit — Heart lesions, severe shrinking in part of brain, nervous system failure (VIDEO)

Published: May 3rd, 2014 at 1:17 pm ET


Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 2, 2014: State health warnings over shellfish, anchovies and sardines are highlighting a marine mystery […] what’s behind a toxic outbreak threatening marine life? […] Researchers in the relatively new area of study say the problem is the worst they have ever seen. [Though the] toxin likely has always been part of the ecosystem, the threat appears to be growing. […] results of late are the highest ever […] sea lions affected by domoic acid show a severely shrunken hippocampus [and] lesions on the hearts and brains […] the mystery behind why and when it happens remains largely unsolved […]

Tenaya Norris, Marine Mammal Center: “We don’t know why these algae produce these toxins […] They can be in the water and not producing this toxin, and they can be out in the water and raging.”

Raphael Kudela, UCSC marine ecologist: “There is some evidence that there are more events of larger magnitude […] it really affects sea otters.”

Rebecca Dmytryk, Wildlife Emergency Services: “We’ve literally had them drop from the sky.”

KION, Apr. 28, 2014: Sea lions found sick and convulsing off Monterey Bay coast […] now researchers say there may be some indication that humans may also be causing domoic acid to be produced in higher concentrations […] At least 35 sick sea lions were found stranded on the Monterey Bay. They were convulsing with seizure-like symptoms. […]

KION, Apr. 14, 2014: [The state] began seeing low levels of demoic acid in the fish in mid-March and 2 days ago noticed it increased to almost 10 times higher than federal regulations.

KSBW, Apr. 30, 2014: Toxic algae blooms killing sea birds, threaten humans — A new health warning has been issued urging people to not eat certain parts of anchovy, sardines, or crab caught in the Monterey Bay. [It’s causing seabirds’] nervous systems to fail. […] the state public health department issued a warning not to eat recreationally harvested shellfish […] from the Monterey Bay. On Monday, officials issued an update advising consumers not to eat the internal organs of commercially or recreationally caught anchovy, sardines or crab […] Typically the toxic algae blooms only last a week or two but the latest one has lasted all month […]

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Published: May 3rd, 2014 at 1:17 pm ET


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  • demondoppel demondoppel




    Japan exists on the ring of fire. If we do get another major quake, big enough to slam Japan….it is game over.

    Being a little too late on this comment: "before attempting to use technology to enhance our lives, we should acknowledge all possible scenarios, such as destruction, in which environment contamination would occur due to said technology. We should HAVE HAD a means to neutralize all contamination before turning on the new technology, i.e. nuclear reactor. But since this has not occurred, i.e. a flame to light the path of knowledge was not lit correctly…we end up with the current situation from Fukushima…not even mentioning Chernobyl"

    Mankind should NEVER endure with a technology which has potential damaging effects, INCLUDING automobiles….nuclear reactors…HELL YES. No Good, obvious point being made here.

    We can cry all we want, but unless there is a way to neutralize the damage, this WILL CARRY over into our population.

    Sure we learn from our mistakes…it's too bad though, that it takes such PAIN in order to learn.

    You KNOW people, there is far superior and safer means to power your homes…but the GOD DAMN Oil Industry and Gov't DO NOT WANT you TO HAVE FREE ENERGY….this WOULD HAVE saved us all…

    • fairplay08 fairplay08

      Thanks for the links. It is mind-boggling that Japan has so many reactors for just one small country! I agree with everything you mentioned. Thank you for taking the time to write your review.

  • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

    We were in the Bay Area over the weekend. Drove along Ocean Beach, went to the zoo. The beach was populated by crows, not sea gulls. Let me clarify; we did not see a single sea gull along the beach, in the parking lot or out in or above the water. We saw two at the zoo itself, in an outdoor eating area. Having lived somewhat near that beach at one point, some years ago, I can tell you that seeing crows instead of sea gulls on the beach was like seeing something out of a Hitchcock movie, the visceral reaction was that strong…

    • The whales and dolphins have put homes wanted for rent ads in the paper.. They want out of the ocean, and onto land?

      Anyone have a home they want to rent to a whale?

      They will sing for supper.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Great movie.. 🙂

    • GOM GOM

      I'm glad you posted this. Along the Gulf coastline down here in SW Fl, the seagulls are sparse. Pelicans mostly sit pathetically on the bridges looking at the water, they are thin. When you see a flock of them,[rare] no more than 4-5, used to be 15-20. I have noticed an uptick in vultures, on the country roads. Not a good sign. As to the sick sea animals in Monterey, a friend says there is no red tide or algae. They are LYING.

      • fairplay08 fairplay08

        And, with our government banning all "harmful" news about what is happening with Fukushima, as we speak, they are trying to say there is no danger from the radiation… now, that is really lying! I read two books on Chernobyl to get as many unbiased opinions as I could. I KNOW the dangers of ionizing radiation and now Japan is planning to pump their huge radioactive storage tanks some 200 kms from their coast line which will put more of that highly toxic mass of water into the ocean currents and they won't be affected by it, but we will. As of some time in 2013 it was noted that high levels of ionizing radiation such as cesium-234 & 237, plutonium-239, Strontium-90 and Cobalt-60 to name a few were detected only 100 miles off the coast of California, but you don't find much about the very powerful Jet Stream that we receive from Japan all across the northern part of the U.S. and probably Canada. It's sad that you have to do hard-core research to find this stuff out. It should not be this way; information should be given to everyone affected whether our government likes it, or not.

  • tpak tpak

    Well according to NPR this morning and their report on the unprecedented amount of wildlife in Monterey Bay and the Stanford science dude they interviewed, everything is hunky dory and there is a population explosion – and resurgence of species but only in the bay. They are crediting the prolific food sources bubbling up from deep under the surface. Wonder how l

    • GOM GOM

      NPR gets subsidies from the Feds…

      • fairplay08 fairplay08

        You are correct on this. We can't trust anything our government tells us about these things and many of these organizations are subsidized by our government as is NPR. It's all a bunch of c__p. You must dig deeper to find the REAL news and ENE does help immensely, but there are other good sites, as well.

  • tpak tpak

    ong it will be before the lovely bay is contaminated?? And all the sea life has to find another safe haven?

  • tpak tpak

    The Stanford science dude even went as far as praising save the bay efforts and crediting mankind for changing the bay into a giant healthy aquarium of thriving in polluted life. What a crock. Why doesn't he bother to ask WHY ??

  • tpak tpak

    Uh…that was non- polluted life. Sorry.