“One of largest mass die-offs of seabirds ever recorded” now underway on West Coast — Gov’t: “I’ve never seen anything like this, ever” — Experts: “Just massive, massive, unprecedented” … “Strong possibility of it escalating to affect other species” — “Significant uptick in mass-mortality events in marine world”

Published: January 23rd, 2015 at 11:43 pm ET


National Geographic, Jan 23, 2015 (emphasis added): Mass Death of Seabirds in Western U.S. Is ‘Unprecedented’… [It’s] becoming one of the largest mass die-offs of seabirds ever recorded… about Halloween, thousands of juvenile auklets started washing ashore… Since then the deaths haven’t stopped. Researchers are wondering if the die-off might spread to other birds or even fish. The gruesome auklet deaths come just as scientists around the globe are seeing a significant uptick in mass-mortality events in the marine world, from sea urchins to fish and birds. Although there doesn’t appear to be a link to the virus that killed tens of millions of sea stars along the same shores… some scientists suspect a factor in both cases may be uncharacteristically warm waters… At first scientists weren’t too surprised by the carcasses washing ashore… But they now are perplexed by the sheer numbers of dead birds and the spreading geographic extent of the die-off… By comparison, not one of the five largest U.S. bird mortality events tracked by USGS since 1980 is estimated to have topped 11,000 deaths. In Europe… the worst die-off on record [was] 57,000… On some beaches the Cassin’s auklet death toll was a hundred times greater than any bird die-off ever… and six times worse per kilometer than the body count recorded after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill… Research in the waters off Oregon already has shown that some of the tiny crustaceans at the bottom of the marine food chain were replaced by smaller species… It’s still not clear [if] changing climate contributed to any of these shifts.

Julia Parrish, Univ. of Washington seabird ecologist overseeing a survey team tracking seabird deaths: “This is just massive, massive, unprecedentedWe may be talking about 50,000 to 100,000 deaths so far [estimated total population is between 1,000,000 and 3,500,000]… Death at this level and over this much real estate has to be from more than just [lack of food].”

David Nuzum, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife: “I’ve never seen anything like this, ever, and I’ve been here since 1985.”

Mike Szumski, US Fish & Wildlife Service biologist: “You’d find them piled up in clusters… every now and then we’d… find a bird that was just barely clinging to life. They were just skin and bones.”

Bonnie Wood, patrols beaches for dead birds: “It’s so distressing… They’re just everywhere.”

Bill Sydeman, senior scientist at California’s Farallon Institute: “I think there’s a strong possibility of it escalating to affect other species in the near future.”

See also: Cataclysmic die-off of birds on West Coast – Expert: Never seen anything like it…We ignore it at our peril…Canary in coalmine…Trying to find what’s wrong w/ ecosystem (VIDEO)

Published: January 23rd, 2015 at 11:43 pm ET


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  • demise demise

    Something is afoot this week. Quietly, foreign officials are being recalled and rich people are flying out. It's all very hush, hush. These people are in the elite circles or controlled by it. Keep your eyes and ears tuned in. Good luck all.

    • Being recalled to where, and being flown OUT of where?

      • evilDragon evilDragon

        OMG stupid caffeine-deficient me!!! Instead of posting a reply to Dr. Goodheart, I accidentally clicked "report comment"… geez. 🙁 Sorry 🙁

        • evilDragon evilDragon

          Anyway what I wanted to say was that over the past couple of days I came across similar comments on several blogs/forums that are not connected to each other in terms of posters, topics or language, and I was wondering whether there may be something going on in the background we're not seeing yet.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Praising the Truth

        I since read that it is Yemen. I have to teach today. So all I can say is some people who attack me are political more than anti-Nuke, and some people are just pro-Nuke. Anyway, I have to leave the computer now. And I am very busy and don't have time to spend on distracting discussions. The last video I posted towards the end tells why the pro Nukers and the nuclear industry will not admit that Unit #3 is a nuclear detonation. Because then they would have to close down many nuclear energy plants. bowling expressed it very well.

        And apart from the video, they would have to close down every nuclear energy plant and stop making nuclear armaments. I wasn't protecting Westinghouse in the Ukraine, but anyone who willfully changes the facts is on a political mission. All nuclear energy should be shut down, and the nuclear waste all over Russia is even worse than what is in the US and both countries are totally nuts to pursue nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. And for all the horror of the use of DU by the US, does anyone doubt that Russia also uses DU weapons and armament? And where is the outcry?

        German citizens have protested nuclear energy more than in the US because they suffered more from Chernobyl and more from WWII. But the protests in the US will start again, but there will never be a way to get rid of the nuclear waste. The casks don't even begin to last for 100 years.

  • alasanon

    Yes, I cannot find a legitimate, legal rationale for agencies NOT to test these days–if only for the scientific data, of which there is a lot that poses significant interest. They must want to damper down any concern for public health!??…

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Legal can be a tricky one and they have put laws in place to protect themselves..
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    No further comment..move along these are not the droids you are looking for.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      I want to be a judge when I grow up. You can get sex from all the hotties that want favors from you. Either that or President of the United States. Justice and honor be damned. Give me that old time immunity.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    The Cassin's Auklet can dive 30-80 meters below the surface to get food. (Wikipedia)

    I doubt that many birds would have as much opportunity to get exposed to the same elements as fish are.

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