TV: Huge increase in dead and sick sea mammals on California coast — Unprecedented numbers, annual record broken in 7 months — Starving, drooling, brain damaged, suffering seizures — Sea lions ‘mysteriously’ vanishing on other side of Pacific — Experts: We don’t know what’s happening (VIDEO)

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Santa Cruz Sentinel, Aug. 1, 2014: The Marine Mammal Center [...] has seen a record-breaking number of patients this year, with 727 admitted through July. In 2013, the center admitted 521 animals. There’s a large number of starving, young sea lions and an algal bloom in Monterey is making adult sea lions sick.

Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 23, 2014: ”We’ve had a record number this year in sea lion admits,” [Marine Mammal Center spokeswoman Laura Sherr] said. The majority of the ailing sea lions have been impacted by a neurological disease caused by large blooms of domoic acid, which is produced by algae. She said the center has also rescued an increasing number of stranded sea lion pups. [...]

KSBY, July 21, 2014: Two dead sea lions were found on the shores of Shell Beach Monday, but wildlife experts say this is not an uncommon sight. [...] Marine Mammal Center officials say there’s been a huge increase in the number of sick sea lions and seals [...]

San Luis Obispo Tribune, July 5, 2014: Sick seals treated at Morro Bay rescue center in record numbers [...] an unprecedented influx of sick seals at the Marine Mammal Center [...] suffering from either starvation or poisoning from toxic algae [...] “It’s been a perfect storm,” [Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science] said. “We’ve been the busiest we’ve ever been at the center.” [...] This year, the center has rescued 658 seals [...] “We think it is a lack of food availability [...] We’ve been seeing a really high number of domoic acid cases” [...] On Saturday, two sea lions were being nursed [...] after suffering seizures [...] The reason for the large number of sick elephant seals is not known.

Stanford University, 2014: The new foe is domoic acid, a neurotoxin that can cause memory loss, tremors, convulsions and death [...] the sea lions develop a form of epilepsy [...] suffer brain damage [...] half are beyond help and have to be euthanized [...] Many more sea lions, as well as other sea animals, are believed to die in the open ocean of untreated seizures [...]

St. Petersburg Times, July 10, 2014: Sea Lion Population Vanishing in Russia’s Far East — The Steller sea lion [has seen a] mysterious population drop on Russia’s extreme eastern lands this year, researchers said. [They] established new reproductive rookeries [but] this summer, the number of new pups born at the rookeries was the lowest in more than 20 years [...] By the end of the sea lions’ reproductive season in early July, only 163 pups were born on the main colony [...] “The reasons for the sea lion population drop on the islands are unknown, and the decline in their number causes concern both among scientists who are studying it and among nature preserve employees,” the statement said.

KSBY, July 8, 2014: There has been a huge increase in the number of sick seals and sea lions on the Central Coast [...] this year, 346 mammals have been released and 271 have died. These numbers are already up from last year when 277 were released and 176 died. [...] they aren’t sure why that is happening [...] effects of domoic acid [...]  could be related to [...] ocean pollution [...] “It has been extremely busy this year [...] We had a rescue this morning [...] head weaving, drool from the mouth,” says [Terry Greene, Marine Mammal Center.] “We’re not sure why that is happening [...] I don’t know if we have enough information at this time to determine exactly why [...] We help them [...] to try and reduce the number of seizures” >> Watch broadcast here

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  • bf9 bf9

    “The best way to solve any problem is to remove its cause.” -MLK


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  • EKO KLAP$€

    THEIR new clear joy seems to be coming visible. Oh dear! What's the next lie fraud spin, trying to cover up crimes against humanity. A world war three, an engineered plague. Oh yes, just like AIDS! Always trying to fill in their colouring book. AIDS backfired on them!!!! Radiation of human manufacture does the same thing. Silly gooses.

    Now I'm off to have a simply super day, while I'm still alive.


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  • Sol Man

    Savvy experts know enough that they would not admit that the basis of the problems is rooted in crimes against humanity. If it is unspoken, then it can not be.


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  • jump-ball jump-ball

    1000s of marine biologists know the cause and are keeping quiet. The extent of intimidation, fear and silence is astonishing.


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  • radioisotopes [combined with chemtrails most likely] changed ocean chemistry.

    we need indy labs please…


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  • combomelt combomelt

    From wikitoolapedia…..'

    "Considerable recent research has been carried out by the Marine Mammal Center and other scientific centers on the association of domoic acid-producing harmful algal blooms and neurological damage in marine mammals of the Pacific Ocean.

    Domoic acid can bioaccumulate in marine organisms such as shellfish, anchovies, and sardines that feed on the phytoplankton known to produce this toxin. DA can accumulate in high concentrations in the tissues of these plankton feeders when the toxic phytoplankton itself is high in concentration in the surrounding waters."


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    • yes, and they never seem to be able correlate these events to the "ground zero" event, the grand daddy cause… the oceans have been warm before… algal blooms have occurred before

      this has a catalyst that nobody of any "authority" is willing to discuss.


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      • We Not They Finally

        I don't understand the chemical processes first-hand, but Yoichi Shimatsu did comment that typhoons across Japan can be expected to get worse because radiation is increasing TEMPERATURES beneath the surface of the sea. Can anyone explain exactly why this is? Because it sounds like this may be a key factor with the algae blooms off the West Coast(?) Thanks.


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        • Note the Michigan water crisis due to toxic algae bloom within lake eerie, as well as the massive sardine die off both occurring this week…

          In my opinion a change in environment has occurred.
          An irreversible one as either or: no one understands it? Or No one cares to admit what the catalyst is?…

          We fail to accept and compartmentalize these events into sub categories. While ignoring the bigger picture as a whole.

          The entire northern hemisphere has undergone an extensive, contaminative event.

          The only surprises left, are the ones that we should be expecting (as the result of such catastrophes).

          Famine, strangelets, die-offs, and extinctions.


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  • Homolumina Homolumina

    In the web of life there can NOT be any isolated events …


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  • dunkilo

    have thought of someone that could put this issue up front,Dr Ben Carson perhaps? Any other people that you can think of?


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  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Mankind Swims Daily In The Sea of Knowledge, Emerging Completely Dry – Is what I have to say about our academic, corporate and state XPERTS.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    The question is, have the phytoplankton been mutated to trigger a massive production of domoic acid under circumstances where it normally wouldn't be found? The people pooh poohing radiological contamination are not mentioning this as a possibility.

    This bloom has been plaguing the coast for many months. Blooms don't usually last that long. It only takes one small variation to take hold and become the dominant that destroys the ecosystem like a row of dominoes.


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  • weeman

    The truth is becoming apparent more and more all the time, you can't tell a lie forever?
    Another fine mess you got us into Willie wonderful, smart as a tack you are.


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  • Jebus

    Can an extinction level event be defined while it is happening?


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    • It is a slinky…

      The last stair is extinction…

      The first stair was attributed to tepcos loss of containment.

      Everything that is happening in the middle… Is the journey…

      Unless you can stop the momentum, the slinky I assure you will stay on course.

      This is how Ive always felt about the situation at hand.
      Its the only way you can look at it…

      A Pandoras box so to speak.


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  • razzz razzz

    I don't why they don't call it what it is.

    "… Intoxication by domoic acid in non-human organisms is frequently referred to as "domoic acid poisoning" or "DAP"… Amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP) is a human illness caused by consumption of the marine biotoxin called domoic acid.[1] This toxin is produced naturally by marine diatoms belonging to the genus Pseudo-nitzschia and the species Nitzschia navis-varingica. When accumulated in high concentrations by shellfish during filter feeding, domoic acid can then be passed on to humans via consumption of the contaminated shellfish…"
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amnesic_shellfish_poisoning

    "…Domoic acid (DA), the neurotoxin that causes amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP), is a kainic acid analog, heterocyclic amino acid associated with certain harmful algal blooms…"
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domoic_acid

    Further:

    "…Diatoms are producers within the food chain. A unique feature of diatom cells is that they are enclosed within a cell wall made of silica (hydrated silicon dioxide) called a frustule…Planktonic diatoms in freshwater and marine environments typically exhibit a "boom and bust" (or "bloom and bust") lifestyle…"
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatom

    Maybe a weak EL Nino causing warmer waters encouraged the blooms but should end with the onset of winter as colder water creates the bust to basically hibernate until the next cycle.


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  • athome athome

    All what I learn on this site is instructive and freightening.
    This is like a party that finish in emegency.
    We are juste in the middle of that party, end is in approach.


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  • mutante mutante

    Nothing will change because nothing can be done. The bastards have destroyed the planet beyond repair. Too late, game over. Enjoy whatever you enjoy.


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  • athome athome

    Yes I do enjoy this particular moment where I enderstand more and more about what happening.
    The thing is that every disease, exctinction appear to be linked with nuclear environmental dispersion.
    Ontoligical wake me up with his "cesium sky".
    I am now building myself an arduino based Geiger counter to monitor and record the radiation around me.
    I am considering what is happening a good reason to enjoy the present time, to act like an initiated.


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  • FXofTruth

    Ok, since the mail-order degree experts can't seem to say the "secret word" then let me spell it out:

    R-A-D-I-A-T-I-O-N…RADIATION…do scientists have trouble understanding the meaning of certain words? It must be beyond their mental comprehension to connect a severe nuclear meltdown in Japan which, is directly across the ocean to the West(then since they are to the East of that disaster)seeing the connection to the huge fish die-offs and animal genocides occurring in front of their very eyes!

    These Einstein's cannot imagine the millions of tons of highly contaminated volumes of seawater poured into these melted cores for the last 3-1/2 years to cool the clumped cores…trillions of tons of seawater becomes polluted when the water is released…really.

    Still don't get it do you, you science pinheads? No wonder your social skills suck. So let's use crayon-level reasoning that a 5 year-old uses:

    1. If you poo and tinkle in the water that you get your food from and you swim in then, one day you will eat your food and it will taste like poo and when you swim you will smell like poo (when you come out of the water)…what do you think you shouldn't have done?
    A 5 year old would figure it out.

    But a scientist can't answer it because his "allowance money" or "science welfare check" would stop. So, science whores are of no value in the scheme of things because, they are all schemers and liars. Tisk, Tisk, Tisk….


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  • dan dan

    <—–This is my super aggressive nook flea tumour. All 4kg of it. Note the scissor handles to gauge the size.

    Nope…I wouldn't like to be a dirty rotten low down govt. information witholder when parents kids start to die soon. Nope. I would not.


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  • bo bo

    2000 views at 9 AM this is going viral today


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  • hbjon hbjon

    The most fragile cells in biology are the cells in the brain and nervous system (neurons). I would assume that all the fish in the Pacific are currently swimming in circles until they die. Larger animals with bigger brains may last a bit longer. Sushi anyone?


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Current State Of Collapse Of Pacific Ocean Ecosystem
    http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/07/30/millions-sea-creatures-dying-pacific-coast/

    This article is a checklist which pulls together much of the bad news from the ongoing ecosystem collapse.
    The entire ecosystem cannot sustain the loss of so many of its components all at once.
    The tipping point occurred somewhere in the past.
    It makes little difference who wins the argument over which stressor sent the ecosystem over the edge.
    The fact remains that the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem has gone over the edge.


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  • Socrates

    The acidification of the oceans is being cited as the cause of the die-offs. Certainly corals are affected because of their need to live off of calcium carbonate. Diatomaceous organisms in the oceans also need a Ph range that is high enough to form their microscopic exo-skeletons. The tipping point we have reached may be as a result of a perfect storm of many factors – radiation, acidification, increasing nitrogen fixation, heavy metals, plastics, sewage…. all the "good things" being dumped into the oceans by "civilization." There are other factors having to do with the magnetic pole reversal and ozone holes. Increasing cosmic radiation and ultraviolet light must be considered. Them we have chemtrails…. why would planes crisscross emitting visible trails. These cannot be contrails. Why would so many contrails be made worldwide? If there are that many planes, again, that alone would damage the biosphere.

    The change in climate plus all of the above has caused an overgrowth of toxic algae species. All of this is aggravated by an overgrowth of toxic humans. The question becomes whether this is reversible, if not, the planet cannot support 7 billions humans.


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    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Socrates said: "The question becomes whether this is reversible, if not, the planet cannot support 7 billions humans."
      Bingo!
      Since human actions are part of a historic long-term disrespect and abuse of the environment for profit, and since there seem to be little attempt to reverse those destructive behaviors, it seems likely that the abuses, and the resulting ecosystem destruction, will continue.
      It also is becoming clear that Earth cannot sustain a plague of 7 billion humans.
      The question becomes how many humans can a severely degraded biosphere support? ;)


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  • athome athome

    Pacific ocean not anymore so pacific.


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    • SadieDog

      Sorry, 16 sites.
      "Those endocrine-disrupting chemicals throw off functions that regulate hormones and the reproductive system. In the newest findings, at one polluted site in the Susquehanna near Hershey, Pa., 100 percent of male smallmouth bass that were sampled had eggs, Blazer said."


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  • Socrates

    Radiation that is artificial cannot be excreted from the body as the body has not adapted to radioactive cesium, as opposed to Potassium in bananas. Ionizing rsdiation reduces marine mammals' immunity to a virus known as cetacean moribillivirus.

    The algae blooms are known as red tide. Toxic plankton comes in a thick mat doe to.rapid fertilization from land runoff or upwelling of nutrients from the deep ocean.

    The fossil record shows die-offs from 10 million years ago of marine mammals. There might be "beachings" of large marine mammals where 4 distinct time periods are involved,at least in Chilean fossil beds that have been studied.

    Geological origins are often implicated. Upwellings of currents reflect geological and climactic changes. Runoffs of nutrients before mankind exclude agriculture back then.

    What we are seeing is toxic algae and probably a virus together with reduced immunity. That's my take.

    The question is whether the ocean and foodweb can bounce back. Overpopulation and bad habits of humans make this virtually impossible.


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    • Socrates

      Fossils show a thick mat due to….

      The fossils of the die-offs has a red residue that was examined under a microscope. Hard to perform toxicology on fossils but the algae blooms can be deadly.

      Overgrowths of candida albicans occur in the intestine and uro-genital tracts. Just think how the overgrowth of toxic algae could further pollute the ecosystem in the oceans.

      If the oceans fail to produce 02, Houston, we have a problem!


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  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    In the 6 months before my wife's onset of her super-aggressive Inflammatory Breast Cancer Stage 3B she'd begun to have seizures,syncope and bouts of dementia that included "drooling,weaving her head,incontinence and usually followed by either mild seizures or full-on gran mal seizures which tests ruled out epilepsy from the possible causes in late-Summer 2011 and medications would work to control them most of the time but what the ER Dr. and Neurologist's called "breakthrough seizures" still occur often enough for her to have bruises,loss of control of bodily functions and 2 out of 3 trips to the stores,family functions,wakes,etc. ends with seizures & often ambulance rides to the nearest hospital ER. She also is stubborn and has poor judgment as I can't let her out of my sight. I can't even think about finding work or starting up a business and though she claims she "forgot" her appointment,I think she intentionally missed the ones over the past 2 weeks that included the genetic testing & follow-up to determine whether she should have her remaining breast & now ovaries too if she's found to still be cancer-free but "at risk" for developing cancer again,OR they discovered that a blood test that indicates the cancer may be back or missed something in the 1st round of treatments[?], & my hunch that she(we)will be going through chemo/surgery/radiation Round #2 likely proven correct[?]! :( post-311 remission stats speaks 4 itself!(not the BS 2010 CDC report!)TTYL…


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    • bo bo

      Johnny my e mail: concaisanukewhore (at ) hushmail.com


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    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Johnny Blade, I encourage you and your wife to follow a fresh vegetable diet, no bread, pasta or sugar, use herbs and cleansing protocols. It will make your lives easier. If you can afford it, vitamin C mixed with lecithin


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      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        Thanks code, I want to make the changes in diet & lifestyles but it's a lot easier said than done under the present circumstances & where we have to live for now. An old friend wants us to move into a 5 bdrm 3 bath brand new house he and his wife are in the process of closing on and in just another month or 2 we will finally hopefully be in there with all of our belongings now collecting dust (& bills!)in Public Storage units and it'll be so nice to be off the air mattress on my moms tiny studio apt. floor and have our own kitchen,able to cook healthy meals again! As it stands we are living in near squalor with fast food or microwave crap to eat and I strongly suspect one or more of Sandy's meds are BAD for her,or maybe they're interacting in a harmful way,idk??!! Sandy's always loved fresh vegetables,strangely enough even as a child she would be right at home grazing with bunnies in the garden!LOL..THANk YOU for the kind words & good advice,I have no doubt that it would make things easier as anything improving health would apply to quality of life in general. BO;nice email address!!LOL,hopefully my emails will make it through[?]! And finally Danger Kitty;Thank You as well for your kind,thoughtful words! It means a lot to us & the thoughtful,caring,intelligent good souls like yourself helped bring her around to put Fukushima/nuke cartel crimes & incompetence into a better mindset & closer to the proper perspective on nuke issues.You're very sweet!'NEWSERS ROCK!


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    • alasanon

      Hats off for being a great spouse, Mr. Blade!!

      Good for inspiration: the Ebola patient with
      less than a 50% clinical chance of survival &
      who only just got admitted to a U.S. hospital
      is still alive and IMPROVING. Miracles happen! :)
      And Prayers do help!~


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  • DannieJ DannieJ

    May courage endure the ages and deliver us safely home.


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  • danger kitty danger kitty

    Bo wrote:
    " phytoplanktons and marine algae produce
    between 70 and 80 percent of the oxygen in
    the atmosphere"
    You nailed it bo! That is one of the biggest of all the impacts coming at us. Trees produce the other 20-30% of the oxygen. DNA shredding going on in trees, too. If chlorophyll fails…


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  • danger kitty danger kitty

    Johnny Blade,
    You and your wife are in my thoughts every day. Thanks for your posts; my heart hears every word. Your Spirit shines through the sadness.
    kitty


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  • athome athome

    Really appreciate the vibration of this talk studio.
    We can feel a certain harmony in the discussion with engineer like talking science and social comment on how disturbing is actual weight of injury's caused by our imposed way of life.
    Lets be clear, the entire world is endangerd by this first technology of nuclear energy system.
    I love science, and I love my kids, and I wish my kid would reproduce not having monster by any possible.
    The challenge to get out of this hole we are digging is enormous but whoo does'nt try never will have.
    Do you know the colibri story?
    One day in the forest happend a huge bush fire and terrifyed animal watching the fire. Only a small colibri bird was going back and forth droping from his beak few drop of water on the fire trying to estinguish. After a while, the armadillo nervous about the silly agitated move tell him : colibri are you mad ? This is not with a drop of water you are gonna extinguish the fire ! and the colibri to answer "I KNOW BUT i DO MY PART"


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  • truthseek truthseek

    Nuclear is clearly humanities downfall = absolute failing.
    The tiny atom will make all our beaks fall off first!


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