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“Alarming signs of oceanic distress” on West Coast — Record number of stranded seal pups

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AP:  “Alarming signs of oceanic distress” on West Coast — Record number of stranded seal pups, nearly 2,000% of normal levels — “Bags of skin and bones” — “In our 40 year history we’ve never seen this many animals” (VIDEO)


Published: November 24th, 2015 at 2:03 am ET
By ENENews

Marine Mammal Center, Nov 19, 2015: Unusual Ocean Conditions Continue to Cause Record Strandings… Like the California sea lions and Guadalupe fur seals before them, these young, starving pups are stranding in record numbers. 2015 has been a year like no other for The Marine Mammal Center—with six weeks still remaining, we’ve already rescued more seals and sea lions than ever before in our 40-year history… All told, we have rescued more than 1,747 seals and sea lions so far this year… raising alarming questions about the health of our ocean… The fur seal pups we’ve been rescuing for the past month are about half the size they should be at this age. Our veterinary experts describe them as “emaciated,” which essentially means they are skin and bones, and in the poorest state of nutrition… While experts are able to explain how this is happening—unusually warm waters are affecting food availability for mothers and pups—they still can’t explain exactly why… What we do know is that the record numbers of stranded marine mammals we’ve seen all year indicate there is an urgent need for more science to help us all better understand what’s going on off the coast of California and how large-scale human impacts, such as overfishing and pollution, may be affecting the health of these animals and their ocean environment as well…

Marine Mammal Center: In normal years, the Marine Mammal Center admits about five northern fur seals… In November of 2006, 33 fur seals were admitted to the Marine Mammal Center… Most scientists don’t believe that the fur seal strandings were due to El Niño since other species weren’t showing similar El Niño effects… there is no clear understanding of why the fur seals were unable to find food that year.

http://enenews.com/ap-alarming-signs-oceanic-distress-west-coast-record-number-stranded-seal-pups-2000-normal-levels-bags-skin-bones-latest-string-alarming-marine-events




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  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    This is the world's "other war" that goes unnoticed. 
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  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads
    Perhaps China had better start cloning a few of those as well.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • GrumpyGuy_MOD_GrumpyGuy_MOD_ Moderator
    edited November 2015
    We're eating/polluting/killing all of the fish and other creatures in the ocean, so it's no wonder affects are being seen.

    Canada is a good example.  I've seen stories talking about how early explorers coming to Canada had their ships run aground on schools of cod so densely packed that the ocean was a solid mass.  There are now so few cod that fishermen can barely find any, and the species is now listed as vulnerable.  Never mind that a few years of absolute fishing bans might see the population restored somewhat, because that will never happen.

    Many consumers are disgruntled that cod is so expensive, and fishermen that they have to go work on oil fields in Alberta to support their families.  Few people stop to wonder what's going on under the water, though.  Cod are an apex predator.  If you remove an apex predator from its environment, havoc ensues.  (Read about "Trophic Cascades" for more information).  Furthermore, other animals surely relied on the Cod as a food source, both as prey and as a component of the 'marine snow' that tiny creatures eat.  A reduced number of tiny creatures also leads to other fish dying out, followed by marine mammals and other creatures that used to eat those fish.

    Fact:  Atlantic cod are now facing >95% reduction in their historical biomass.  That's insane.

    Our fishing and polluting habits are like a child randomly hammering on buttons and controls for a complex machine.  Consider also that we've collectively detonated 2119 nuclear devices to date (that have been reported, at least), and that many were under water.  It's a wonder the oceans can even support life at all, at this point.
    People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
    - Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads

    Consider also that we've collectively detonated 2119 nuclear devices to date
    Good point Farmer_Sean.

    Have Governments and even readers of news media from the 1950's onward ever considered the mass slaughter and radiation of marine life that has occurred after detonation of atomic bombs or nuclear devices just for "practice" in the ocean over the years. Not to mention anything released in the air falls either on land or sea. Then we dare to grandstand about global warming, sustainability and "being green" after deliberately initiating the havoc that has ensued.  Would seem that the cost is now being paid by all of us.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • I sometimes find it amusing when I read or hear people's concerns about what a future nuclear disaster or nuclear exchange might do the the planet's health, simply because we've already engineered over 2000 such disasters.  Where was the concern then?
    People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
    - Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads
    Taxes on carbon would appear to be simply a revenue raiser as they do nothing to repair previous or future damage which is irreversible. The increased prices from the energy companies or manufacturer are simply passed on to the consumer.  Our local fish shop has a petition against a proposal that local trawlers be banned from fishing in our waters forcing them to import fish from "farms" in places like Thailand and prawns from Vietnam which are absolutely revolting in taste. They have to be labelled but are cheaper.  I would question whether other countries would simply come in and take what we are prevented from catching. Aside from that fish are free to swim in and out of territorial waters.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • anonanon (To comment anonymously, log in as "anon" and use password "1234".)
    Experts say It's baffling blah blah everytime this happens.

    Fukushima effectively killed the Pacific Ocean on the 12th of march 2011.All we're seeing now is a delayed reaction.


  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    And it would seem that the Fukushima conundrum is far from solved as well. 
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • GrumpyGuy_MOD_GrumpyGuy_MOD_ Moderator
    edited November 2015
    Is Fukushima really as bad as the numerous nukes that were detonated directly in the Pacific Ocean over the year?  Some as recently as the 90s courtesy of France?  Or is this just a case that we're looking into the environmental damage from Fukushima, but nobody looked into the damage from nukes back when they were tested?
    People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
    - Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads
    I'm sure because we were told they were "tests" that the situation re nuclear testing was ignored.  Probably Fukushima is being ignored to a great extent.  From what I've read we have:
    radiation continually leaking into the sea
    wet foundations which may lead to tilting buildings
    holding tanks that may not be sealed properly
    we've never been told whether all the 1500 rods got moved from bldg 4
    there's been little or no confirmation the ice wall succeeded
    typhoons and earthquakes are ongoing wildcards

    My question is if the plants have to be cooled all the time since the tsunami where are they getting all the water and where does it go? Surely they can't build holding tanks forever.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    I would personally say they're both quite troubling. 
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • anonanon (To comment anonymously, log in as "anon" and use password "1234".)

    The year is 2015 and already “It’s like a scene from a horror movie along the West Coast. “We’re seeing all sorts of mysterious goings-on.” “There is no food out there.” Scientists cannot figure out why there is mass starvation of seabirds. Sardines and crayfish have disappeared from the Pacific Ocean; they have just vanished. Marine mammals are starving, struggling to survive on the West Coast. Reports are coming in up and down the coast of a mysterious surge in sick marine mammals infested with parasites, and being extremely emaciated.

    At Fukushima where 4 reactors are still out of control and spewing radiation many think this has caused the death in the Pacific of thousands of baby sea lions on the California coast, and 500 navy soldiers are still suffering from radiation poisoning after responding to the earlier Fukushima disaster. We also have reports that West Coast orca whales are experiencing extremely high infant mortality rates as radiation from Fukushima drifts across the ocean. An adult killer whale weighing up to 5,000 kilograms can eat 5% of its body weight, or 250 kilograms of fish, per day. Researchers are also alarmed by 'puzzling' changes in orca’s behavior.


    http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2015/03/05/fukushima-worlds-radiation-nightmare/



  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads
    from above:
    500 navy soldiers are still suffering from radiation poisoning after responding to the earlier Fukushima disaster.


    Something we don't hear about.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    That's true. There was a lawsuit or something, wasn't there? 

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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Also, I think we live in a time where radiation and the dangers associated with it are not fully understood. It's sort of like cholera in London in centuries past, when everyone thought it was in the air and no on associated it with putrid drinking water.
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
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