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Masses of dead fish, starfish, crabs and other creatures wash ashore in Nova Scotia, Canada

Among the things Eric Hewey discovered washed up on the beach near Savary Park in Digby County were these starfish.
Among the things Eric Hewey discovered washed up on the beach near Savary Park in Digby County were these starfish. (Eric Hewey)
Halifax resident Eric Hewey was home in Digby, N.S., visiting for the holidays when he got a call from friends on Boxing Day summoning him to the beach below Savary Park in nearby Plympton.
“They said we’ve got to come down and look at the beach.”
On Tuesday Hewey described what he found when he arrived at the beach as sad: lots of dead herring — an ongoing and as yet unexplained problem — but also dead starfish, lobsters, bar clams, scallops and crabs.
ed Leighton is a retired veterinary pathologist who has been tracking the dead herring reports.
He hadn’t been to the beach to see the most recent findings, but he’s seen Hewey’s pictures and noted it’s a place dead herring have been found before.
“It’s a very striking and terrible scene,” he said in an interview on Tuesday.
Leighton said he’s most struck by the assortment of species Hewey and others found on Boxing Day. Other than most likely all being from the bottom of St. Mary’s Bay, Leighton can’t see any other obvious link.
While he has no idea what caused the kill, Leighton said the fact it cut across so many different species likely rules out some kind of infectious disease, because they tend to have a narrow range.
“A particular virus, for example, might affect several different species of fish but it’s unlikely to affect people and it’s unlikely to affect clams.”
His first question is whether it has anything to do with the death of the herring. Leighton doesn’t know, but he also noted herring have been dying for more than a month but this is the first time anyone has reported anything like this.
“It would seem to be at least a new phenomenon, but since we don’t know why the herring are dying, we can hardly say with any surety that, ‘Well, these other things can’t be dying of that.’ So I think we have to be open-minded about this.”
Leighton said it needs to be determined if this has happened anywhere else and it also needs to be confirmed that all of the animals on the beach in Plympton did, in fact, come from St. Mary’s Bay.
Researchers need to get to the bottom of the bay and see what’s happening, he said.
“In a die-off of water-dwelling creatures like that … one of the first things you want to do is go out to where it is happening and measure everything you can about the water, because that’s what they live in.”
It’s also the only way to know if the environment is changing, he said.
Leighton noted the most recent discovery and discussion are the result of “citizen scientists,” such as Hewey, and posts on social media. He hopes people keep patrolling the beaches and reporting any findings.
“That will really help us think through the kinds of things that might have caused it.”
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Hundreds of horseshoe crabs mysteriously wash up dead on beaches in Kitakyushu, Japan

Dead horseshoe crabs
Nearly 500 horseshoe crabs have washed up dead on Japan’s southern beaches near Kitakyushu, mystifying experts.
The famously blue-blooded creatures come to the tidal flats in southern and western Japan each year to lay eggs, and some normally die off.
But this year conservationists say up to 10 crabs have died each day, eight times higher than normal, according to the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.
Some think the die-off means the crabs will lay fewer eggs next year.
The creatures are not true crabs, being most closely related to spiders and scorpions.
They are classified as an endangered species in Japan, where their habitat is being destroyed.
Experts cite the effects of global warming, a lack of places to lay eggs and disease as possible causes for the crabs’ demise.
Horseshoe crabs are one of the world’s oldest creatures and are prized for their blue blood.
Scientists have harvested the horseshoe’s blue blood since the 1970s to test the sterility of medical equipment and intravenous drugs.
The blood coagulates around tiny amounts of bacteria, immobilising the pathogens.
One litre can sell for $15,000 (£11,360).
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Hundreds of dead fish and crabs found in a harbor in Baltimore, USA

Environmentalists are testing the water between Fells Point and Canton after hundreds of dead fish were found floating in the Harbor.
According to the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, the fish were found deceased following anoxic conditions in the Harbor during summer algae bloom.
“Each summer, we monitor the Harbor for water-quality and observe persistent algae blooms, which result from nutrients in the large quantities of sewage and stormwater that pollute Baltimore’s waterways,” the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper explained. “Over the past several weeks, we observed that the persistent algae bloom had flared substantially. Now that large quantities of the algae have died it is decomposed by bacteria that rapidly remove oxygen from the water.”
On Wednesday the group said it recorded “near-zero” oxygen levels in the harbor near Canton.
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Masses of dead crabs and starfish washing up in Port Aransas, Texas, USA

Dead crabs lie in a pile on the beach just north of Horace Caldwell Pier in Port Aransas on Sunday, June 19. (South Jetty staff photo by Dan Parker, Copyright 2016.)
South Jetty staff photo by Dan Parker
Lots of dead crabs and starfish have been washing up on the beach in Port Aransas recently. It’s not making the beach an unpleasant place to visit, but it does make you wonder: What’s going on here? We’re asking local marine scientists. Check out the upcoming June 23 edition of the South Jetty to see what they said.
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Thousands of dead tuna crabs wash ashore on Imperial Beach, California, USA

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Thousands of tuna crab washed ashore near the pier in Imperial Beach Wednesday morning. 
Lifeguards first discovered the crabs during low tide. This marks the second year in a row the tuna crabs have washed ashore in such large numbers.
“Just like last year, in June we had a washing of tuna crabs and they think its correlated with El Nino,” said Imperial Beach Lifeguard Captain Robert Stabenow. “The warmer waters are pushing them up and when they hit the cold waters of San Diego, they die off.”
The majority of the crabs that washed ashore in Imperial Beach are dead, but some are still alive. Experts are advising that people do not eat the crabs because they may be covered in toxins.
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Hundreds of dead starfish, crabs and other marine life found on a beach in Lincolnshire, England, UK

Photo By Ian Mann
A haul of dead starfish, crabs and other marine life has been discovered on a Lincolnshire beach.
Ian Mann, who owns a holiday home at the Skegness Sands park discovered the dead sea creatures this morning on a stretch of beach at Ingoldmells.
He said: “It was like a killing spree.
“I was just walking my dog on the beach and I threw the ball for him when I noticed something was washed up.
“I went for a closer look and noticed all these dead starfish.
“There were some in little puddles.
“There were also a few dead crabs, some with their claws missing.
“There must have been well over 300 – more than what you can see in the photos.
“I haven’t seen anything like it before. We see jellyfish on the beach every now and then but that is about it.”
Among the creatures is what could be a common sun sea star – it has a sun-like appearance with 13 orange tentacles or arms coming from it.
Comments from Mr Mann’s post to the Facebook page Ingoldmells and Chapel Fans suggest the haul could have been washed up as a result of recent storms and high winds.
Sean Brooks said: “It’s down to stormy weather that washes them ashore.”
Charlotte Noddles said: “God I not seen a star fish at skeggy in years.”
Claire Charleworth posted: “That’s awful. We never saw anything dead or alive on the beach at all this year. Wouldn’t have liked to have seen all those dead creatures though.”
William Watson said: “Always the same after rough seas.”
Sharon Comrie said: “Seems to happen every so often. Noticed a couple on there yesterday”
Lynne Oldale said: “It’s because of the Storms that we have had it brings them up of the Sea beds.”
Glen Bradford said: “I have found many Sunflower seastars along the coast from Mablethorpe to Skegness.”
Trevor Wilkes added: “Could be the rough seas that’s dredged them up and washed them ashore.”
While Kym Fisher posted: “Not seen any for years even I was a kid there was always loads washed up on the beaches.”
In June starfish were found washed up at Skegness.
Speaking at the time, Stacy Adam curator of Skegness Aquarium said: “Usually they are found washed up after heavy storms.
“We have had quite choppy seas and a very strong current so it could be down to that washing them ashore.”
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Masses of dead fish and crabs wash ashore along the coast of Kocaeli, Turkey

Fish Kill Alert

With a fishing pole in his hands to the coast of Degirmendere gölcük from amateur fishermen were surprised many across the landscape of what they saw. Has anyone seen the dead crab and fish crashing amateur fishermen immediately municipal officials. Along the shore fish and crab deaths that earlier met with citizens, officials have made about the investigation said they expect they’re going to do in the wake of the announcement.
For 15 years, Degirmendere and puddles on the coast of amateur fishing and this is the first time such a situation saying, “we met on the beach in Captains Disele we fish here. About 3 days ago almost no fish on the rebound. All of a sudden stopped. Later in the evening, a friend of mine in Los Angeles said that the coast of Deerfield mığır, Scorpion fish, fish such as whiting are always above water. 
Yesterday we came here still fish. This morning, I didn’t see it but he saw trades, they saw the fish on the surface of the water. As with water as if it were a Tekeler. Semi fish I’ve seen. Everybody says something hearsay. Then I looked on the Internet. They wrote that because of the Internet, sulfur gas, but I don’t know how accurate the information. Ben 10-15 years I do the fishing. We haven’t seen a situation like this. This was an extraordinary situation. Some of the heat of the water of the fish haul seven. But what we don’t know as true. Everybody says something else, “he said.
Another amateur fisherman landed a fish, “Berkan Shepherd removers is not a normal situation. Winter bear. Snow bastırmadı. It wasn’t too shocking. Fish killed in any way will give you a cold. That way it’s not a normal thing for a fish to die anyway. I don’t know what caused this, “he said.
A sample of the fish in the coast area of Niagara Falls, Kocaeli metropolitan municipality officials while the investigation after the deaths caused by environmental pollution, they said, depending on the oxygen pollution. Authorities in the Gulf water in 10-metre tidal Rapids after the elevation of the water suddenly dip with warm water, dip the top of the water cooler parts of their haul and expressed they had fainted by eating. Metropolitan authorities, samples taken from the coast of Degirmendere is sent to TÜBİTAK, also of the Ministry officials said they also have launched investigations.
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Hundreds of dead crabs and fish found in the river Loudias in Greece

Fish Kill Alert

Hundreds of dead fish were found on the banks of the river Loudias in recent days. According to fishermen in the area dead fish appeared on Sunday September 20th.
The managing body of Axios-loudias-aliakmonas was contacted on Wednesday, September 23rd, and proceeded directly to conduct the autopsy and shipment of samples of fish for tests to determine the cause of the deaths. Thursday 24-09-2015 held joint autopsy with officials of the departments of fisheries and inland waters of the region of Central Macedonia.
As part of the autopsy found dead fish and crabs in large numbers, which parasyrontan to the sea. Dead fish were of varying size, belonged to many different genres, but the Lord of species living in freshwater. In fact, detected a large number of dead fish with high resistance to environmental conditions, such as the goylianos and crabs.
The President of the local fishermen’s Association-mussel farmers following the “Poseidon”, Kostas Berbitis, pointed out that the phenomenon occurs every year around the same time resulting in the mass death of river aquatic organisms.
According to the results of the tests carried out by the Department of Pathology of Aquatic Veterinary Centre Address, no matching medical factors and deaths classified as “environmental reasons”.
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Thousands of fish, cockles, clams and crabs dying along Hood Canal in Seattle, USA

A lack of oxygen in southern Hood Canal is killing fish, crab and other marine life, according to Seth Book, a biologist with the Skokomish Tribe who has been monitoring the marine waterway.
Through the month of August, Book and other Skokomish staff have observed dead English sole and thousands of dead and dying eel pouts on the beaches. They also have found masses of dead cockles and butter clams, and on Friday, Book said he saw hundreds of crab along the beaches that were trying to get to the surface to breath.
“It’s a dead zone anywhere east of Sister’s Point to Belfair, Mason County. There’s very low oxygen at depth,” Book said.
In another area, off Hoodsport, upwelling had pushed the deep water to the surface, and a University of Washington buoy on Friday detected almost no oxygen in surface waters.
Over the years, Hood Canal has repeatedly had low-oxygen summers that resulted in die-offs, and this year is shaping up to be one of the worst. The long, narrow body of water has limited circulation that leads to the low oxygen levels known as hypoxia.
And over the past year, the warm marine water that has lingered in the Pacific Northwest —- known as “The Blob” — prevented a normal flushing of Hood Canal with oxygen rich water.
Skokomish shellfish staff first observed die-offs back in early July.
“One day there would be a fish kill, and the next day would be fine,” Book said.
The forecast of stormy weather in the next few days could intensify the die-offs, with southerly winds causing upwellings that push more of the low-oxygen water to the surface.
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