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Could it be that bird and sealife is giving up?
THE recent spate of mass animal deaths around the world is sparking conspiracy theories and doomsday predictions on the web.
From the US to New Zealand, from Britain to Brazil, bizarre cases of birds, fish and crabs turning up dead en masse have been reported in the past two weeks and no one seems to know why.
First we have the inexplicable deaths last week of 83,000 drum fish which were washed up along a 32km stretch of the Arkansas River, about 160km west of Beebe, Arkansas and now dozens of dead snapper have washed up on a beach in Auckland, New Zealand. http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/carpet-of-dead-snapper-on-new-zealand-beaches/story-e6frfku0-1225982188696.
And in Port Orange, Florida US, hundreds of dead fish floated around the waterways near homes, WFTV reported, surrounded by swarms of pelicans and buzzards. Kayakers on the creek told WFTV they’d seen fish around every bend and it appeared to be one of the most extensive kills they had seen.
On the Coast of Paranaguá, Brazil at least 100 tonnes of sardine, croaker and catfish have washed up on beaches over the past week, Parana Online reported. The President of the Federation of Fishermen’s Colony of Parana, Edmir Manoel Ferreira, said at least 2800 fishermen depend on the daily seafood. “We are experiencing a very sad situation on the coast,” he said.
Biologists have explained the deaths in Brazil could be because of a possible increase in the concentration of algae that produce toxins. This increase may lead to death in some species, such as sardines.
In Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, US, the Baltimore Sun reported an estimated two million spot fish died and washed up on the shore. The dead fish are mostly adult spot, with some juvenile croakers. State officials are investigating but suspect it was because of the near-record cold. Agency spokeswoman Dawn Stoltzfus said spot are susceptible to colder water, she said, and normally leave the upper bay by now. They were perhaps late getting out.
Water samples taken from the bay showed elevated levels of two species of toxic algae.
In Thanet, Kent, England 40,000 dead velvet swimming crabs, or “devil crabs” were washed up on Thanet beaches. Tony Childs, Thanet Coast Project Manager, told the Daily Mail: “We had a crash in numbers last year and we hadn’t expected such a large population. As happens with the circle of life in nature, we expect the crabs to be naturally dispersed from our shores very quickly by our local seagulls.”
The cold weather in Britain has been blamed for the deaths. “We are hopeful the crab population will soon recover,” said Mr Childs.
The Daily Mail reported that the mass crab deaths made up 95 per cent of marine life affected by the cold snap.
And dead birds are raining on us out of the skies. Four to five thousand dead black birds fell out of the sky just 580km to the south of Beebe, Arkansas. The only reason that has been given so far is that the birds were spooked by New Year fireworks. The sound caused them to panic and as they flew around in the dark they hit against things and fell to their deaths.
And in nearby Louisiana an estimated 500 red-winged blackbirds and starlings have been found dead, a local newspaper reports – just a few days and a short distance away from where the thousands of black birds died in Arkansas.
And 100 jackdaw birds were found lying dead in the street in Sweden http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/is-it-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it/
On Saturday in Romania, dozens of starlings drank themselves to death after eating grapes left over from the wine-making process.
I can understand why fish might have given up the ghost. The state of play in the ocean is disgraceful. The sea can no longer afford to supply us with the millions of tonnes of sealife we are hauling out of it annually and trawlers have to go further and further out to sea as we annihilate the sealife closer to shore.
And let’s not forget the pollution in the sea. We have millions of tonnes of oil floating around out there, courtesy of BP, Shell and leaking ships. We have oodles of plastic floating around https://roslynmotter.com/2010/09/09/sailing-in-a-plastic-sea/and also the sea has proven to be a wonderful depository for our chemical waste. In Sydney we have been warned not to eat any fish caught west of Sydney Harbour as the Union Carbide pesticide factory at Homebush tipped all its chemical waste into the ocean for decades. Commercial fishing was banned in the harbour in December 2005 after raised levels of potentially harmful dioxins, a group of organic chemicals, were found in several species of fish and crustaceans. http://www.topix.com/forum/world/australia/TIVRE215CKAE3IN9T
In the sky things are hardly better. Have a look at these statistics of what kills birds http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/wind-turbine-kill-birds.htm –
|Man-made structure/technology||Associated bird deaths per year (U.S.)|
|Feral and domestic cats||Hundreds of millions|
|Power lines||130 million — 174 million|
|Windows (residential and commercial)||100 million — 1 billion|
|Automobiles||60 million — 80 million|
|Lighted communication towers||40 million — 50 million|
|Wind turbines||10,000 — 40,000
A family of kookaburras for example, live in the hollow of the same tree for two hundred years or longer. Well, that is, unless the tree is chopped down – and we’re certainly doing plenty of that in Australia. Tens of thousands of trees were chopped down to build the M7 Tollway in Sydney.
Trees are routinely poisoned to protect views. Trees are seen as a real enemy by many suburbanites. I know a woman who said that one Saturday afternoon her family went out to the movies for a couple of hours. When they returned home, a tree which had hitherto grown proudly in the middle of their backyard, had completely disappeared and there was not a leaf or twig to indicate that it had ever stood there. She maintains that the next door neighbour who hated the said tree, had annhilated it in her absence. https://roslynmotter.com/2010/09/02/so-what-is-the-point-of-trees-anyway/
And we’re already paying the price for that mindset. The flooded rivers in Queensland are running brown with our precious top soil. The trees that used to hold it in place have been chopped down so all it took was a deluge to wash it all out to sea.When societies exhaust their topsoil, they collapse or are forced to move. http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/floods-steal-precious-topsoil–and-future-goes-down-drain-20110109-19jrq.html
And in a sadistic and nasty slaughter in NZ recently, more than 100 Endangered Black-billed Gulls Larus bulleri, a New Zealand endemic undergoing a steep decline, have been slaughtered at a colony near Wreys Bush in Southland. Department of Conservation ranger Ros Cole said that most of the birds died from bullet wounds, but others had broken bones and some chicks were found starving to death beside their dead parents.
And dolphins (although not classified as fishes) are not faring too well either. People on jet skis are being warned to be careful after a baby dolphin was found dead on the Mornington Peninsula with a broken jaw and skull last week.
And of course there are the poor dolphins and small whales who are annually rounded up and slaughtered in the coastal town of Taiji in Japan.
So who would want to be a bird or a fish? Could this be why they are possibly committing mass suicide?
Conspiracy theorists Joseph Watson and Alex Jones of prisonplanet.com blame it on “the government”. According to the site authorities have “routinely engaged in secret testing of biological and electromagnetic weapons that have detrimentally impacted both humans and animals many times in the past.”
According to Watson and Jones “Scalar weapons that can artificially manipulate the environment could be responsible for the mass die offs. We know for a fact that over a decade ago the U.S. Military Industrial Complex was aware of and involved in the testing of such technology.”
Maybe it is a government conspiracy to do selective killings. If so, then we are all even closer to the end than we think.
Or maybe the world is such an unfriendly place to fish and bird life that they’d just rather die than continue to struggle on against the odds.
In any case, we should ponder on the Cree Indians’ famous prophecy which is becoming all too close for comfort –
• When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.
~ Cree Prophecy
and Roslyn J. Motter’s opinion on humans –
If mankind disappeared today
What would all the animals say?
Birds, koalas and even bees,
Would sing with joy – they’d now have trees!
Tigers, elephants, all kinds of bear,
Could now roam free- without a care.
Their rivers would run unpolluted
Man and Earth are so unsuited!
But hey, don’t worry, we’re the master race so we’ll think of something clever!