Depth: 10 km
Distances:448 km SW of Rangoon, Myanmar / pop: 4,478,000 / local time: 17:59:26.6 2019-03-23
Depth: 35 km
Distances:2150 km NW of Vancouver, Canada / pop: 1,838,000 / local time: 08:14:44.9 2019-03-23
Thousands of dead cuttlefish scattered mysteriously along the beach.
It is what they found last Sunday who approached the coast of Bahía Inglesa, in the Atacama region, in northern Chile.
The authorities, who investigate the causes of the event, asked the population, with little success, not to approach or touch the molluscs. Everything points to pollution as responsible for what happened.
“It’s kind of scary because there’s the whole shore of the beach with these dead bugs,” says one woman.
As a precaution, environmental managers also recommend that locals not eat fish.
“The reasons, the real causes, are unknown,” says Pablo Orrego, Navy officer. “But we are working with the department of Asea and Ornato and the municipality, the national fishing service to get these animals out of the beach sector.”
Bahía Inglesa is one of the most important tourist destinations in Chile. It is feared that this wave of dead fish will harm the fishing industry, fundamental for the economy of the area.
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During the weekend, neighbors and tourists from Playa Hermosa, west of Piriápolis, were surprised to find hundreds of dead fish on the coast.
The images reproduced in social networks and the comments made reference to some type of contamination. The truth is that cyanobacteria can be one of the causes, according to experts.
“There have been several days of cases of massive blooms of algae on the coast of the Rio de la Plata and it is clear that the number of blooms is rising year by year,” said the organization Vida Marina Uruguay, which is mainly dedicated to recovery of the coastal ecosystem, among other activities.
“The toxins of the cyanobacteria have often caused the death of fish, especially coastal ones. It is not ruled out that it could be linked if the same mortality appears in other coastal areas of Uruguay, “he said in his Facebook account. The truth is that this situation has not been reported elsewhere, but it is not ruled out that it will happen if the phenomenon continues.
Another possible cause is a prolonged heating of the water temperature and a higher salinity. According to Vida Marina, it is normal that during February, what is known as the Brazilian Current enters the Uruguayan coast, it has a higher temperature than usual on our coast and has higher salinity.
“Until the middle of the month and even a little more, the sudden entry of this type of current means that many species of freshwater and estuarine (exchange of fresh and salt water) can not adapt or move away to more comfortable zones for their development” , said the organization.
In turn, this agency believes that the lack of oxygen in some areas of the sea may be another reason for the mortality. “The increase in water temperature is one of the key factors in the loss of oxygen, which causes damage to many forms of marine life. Among them the fish fry. “
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The Crimean coast – the Spit Belyaus in the Donuzlav region – littered with dead birds
This is the agency QHA media , citing eyewitness accounts in social networks, reports ” DS “.
According to an eyewitness who wished to remain anonymous, dead ducks are on the entire bank of the spit from the side of Lake Donuzlav.
“They are lying everywhere: on the shore, in the water, on the road leading to the Sand Quarry, which is at the entrance to the lake. What happened – I do not understand, I was there a week ago, this was not,” the user writes.
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The dead ducks in several places on the banks of the Quenamari lagoon, in the Itocta Commune of the city. | DANIEL JAMES
Quenamari lagoon was full of herons, ducks of different species and flamingos. However, the picture changed drastically. Now, you have a mirror of water with more than 20 dead ducks, either on the banks, floating or being devoured by dogs.
Los Tiempos made a tour of almost half a lagoon in the southwest sector. It identified 18 ducks and other dead birds. Some were with the skeleton discovered, while others had the appearance of having only a few hours without life.
In addition, there were birds watered by the dry sectors. Also, it was noticed the presence of several packs that had in their snouts some of these to eat them.
The ornithologist Dennis Camacho explained that, in the visit they made with a group of biologists, they identified more than 20 ducks of three species, dead, in addition to other birds such as waterbirds.
“It’s a high death toll. It is not normal. These birds feed on algae and microinvertebrates that live in the water. It’s possible that it’s something in the water, “Camacho explained.
The specialist indicated that they could not take any dead duck, because the people of the area were quite reluctant with their presence. However, they moved an agonizing duck to Agroflori to be treated.
On the other hand, one of those in charge of Agroflori, Soledad Vargas, explained that the duck arrived with diarrhea. In addition, it had affectations by an apparent fall.
They also received several messages from people who pointed out the presence of ducks that fell in their homes. All of them were sent to the Forestry and Environmental Police (Pofoma) for their rescue and delivery to the Government.
However, it is also the Mayor’s task to do a toxicological examination to determine the cause of death of the ducks. A similar situation was experienced years ago in the Alalay lagoon and the municipality was responsible.
The panorama of the lagoon became bleak. There is almost no life. The water has algae and totorales without any type of management. It is in abandonment.
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Spare a thought for Queensland farmers who have spent the weekend scouring their properties to find any stock that survived the floods.
Drought-stricken graziers, who are estimated to have lost a staggering 300,000 head of cattle, have been using helicopters to find their surviving cattle.
He has lost up to 60 per cent of his herd, including a majority of the young cattle that would give his family an income over the next two to three years.
“Financially it will be very hard for us,” he told AAP on Sunday.
“But for people who only have country around here, and have lost most of their breeding herd, I really feel for them.”
Posts online show graziers using jetskis to walk their horses for kilometres to get out of floodwaters, and others have spoken of seeing mobs of up to 500 head of dead cattle stacked up in paddock corners.
The financial impact on individual farmers in Queensland’s interior and the broader cost to the economy may not be known for weeks.
Rural communities from Longreach to Charters Towers, and north to Kowanyama on Cape York Peninsula, remain surrounded by floodwaters.
Meanwhile, insurance companies are being urged not to skip out on Townsville residents left to clean up the damage left behind by floodwaters that swamped much of the far north Queensland city.
Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad has invited insurers to meet her there on Friday after media reports that claimants who had lost their insurance documents were not being paid out.
“Some of the assessments have been very brash and on the spot, rather than allowing residents and households to compile the information and have a conversation with the insurance companies and claim assessors,” Ms Trad told reporters on Saturday.
“(But households) want compassion, and they want a responsive organisation that understands that they are going through a traumatic event.”
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