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More Dead Whales Are
Turning Up on West Coast
Oct 27, 2022 10:20 AM CDT
More Dead Whales Are Turning Up on West Coast
At least 5 since mid-May, off of California and Canadian coasts
- Scientists are probing the unexplained deaths of a fourth and fifth whale on the US and Canadian west coasts since mid-May. "Spike," a young female humpback first documented by scientists in 2018, was found washed ashore near Vancouver Island on Sunday, just a day after a male humpback...
In Idaho, a 'Horrible
Display of Truly Unusual
in case you missed it
Jul 17, 2022 4:55 PM CDT
In Idaho, a 'Horrible Display of Truly Unusual Human Behavior'
Wildlife officials are trying to find out who hit a group of geese with their car, decapitated them
- Wildlife officials in Idaho are scratching their heads over an "unusual case" involving a gaggle of dead geese. A release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking for the public's health in IDing the person or persons who, sometime over the Fourth of July weekend,...
Mystery Surrounds Sudden
Deaths of Elephants
Jul 3, 2020 9:33 AM CDT
Mystery Surrounds Sudden Deaths of Elephants
At least 356 carcasses found, many near watering holes in Botswana
- Hundreds of elephants have been found dead of unknown cause in Botswana in what's being called a "conservation disaster." Some 169 carcasses were spotted in the Okavango Delta—home to 15,000 of the country's 135,000 elephants—during a single three-hour flight in early May,...
'Croydon Cat Killer'
Is No Killer at All
Sep 20, 2018 9:20 AM CDT
'Croydon Cat Killer' Is No Killer at All
400 cats weren't killed by human hand, police say
- For three years, Southern England has been in search of the Croydon Cat Killer , the seemingly macabre culprit behind a series of animal killings, mostly in the form of beheadings. Now, after the deaths of some 400 cats, police say the case has been closed—and that the killer wasn'...
200K Antelopes Died Suddenly.
Now Scientists Know Why
Jan 18, 2018 10:15 AM CST
200K Antelopes Died Suddenly. Now Scientists Know Why
High heat and humidity altered bacteria in their bodies: study
- Saiga antelopes have been roaming Central Asia since the time of the woolly mammoth, an achievement only a resilient species could pull off. But now, "total extinction" may be on the horizon. That's according to researchers studying the deaths of more than 200,000 endangered saigas in Kazakhstan...
Knoxville Zoo Suffers a
'Catastrophic' Animal Loss
Mar 27, 2017 1:16 AM CDT
Knoxville Zoo Suffers a 'Catastrophic' Animal Loss
Zoo can't explain why 33 reptiles were found dead
- Thirty-three reptiles were found dead last week at a Tennessee zoo, and officials there say they have no clues yet about how it happened. Zoo Knoxville told local news outlets that nearly all of the dead animals were snakes. They were all found dead in the reptile area. Surviving animals...
It Wasn't Booze That Killed
Famed Swimming Pigs
Mar 6, 2017 8:12 AM CST
It Wasn't Booze That Killed Famed Swimming Pigs
It was sand, apparently
- When a spate of unexplained deaths among the famous swimming pigs of the Bahamas made headlines last week, one of the wilder theories was that tourists were getting them drunk on alcohol in fatal quantities. The real reason appears to be less sensational: sand. Veterinarians examining the bodies of some...
Country Horrified by
Beating Death of
Feb 28, 2017 1:31 AM CST
Country Horrified by Beating Death of Beloved Hippo
Gustavito was killed after brutal beating at El Salvador's national zoo
- El Salvador's widespread violence reached an unexpected corner with the brutal and fatal beating of the national zoo's beloved hippopotamus Gustavito. Even among a population numbed by a staggering human death toll due to gang violence in recent years, the animal's death late Sunday stirred outrage. Salvadorans...
Up to 95 Dolphins
Die in Everglades
Jan 18, 2017 7:33 AM CST
Up to 95 Dolphins Die in Everglades
They became stuck in mangroves and on mudflats
- At least 82 dolphins, including juveniles and calves, have died in a mysterious incident in a remote section of Florida's Everglades National Park. Officials say 95 dolphins—a particular species known as false killer whales, which typically swim at depths of 3,000 feet—were seen stranded in the...
From the Sky
Dec 2, 2015 12:25 PM CST
Baby Whale Killers May Have Come From the Sky
It might be from 'gull harassment,' scientists say
- Scientists have been scratching their heads over hundreds of baby whales that perished off the coast of Argentina between 2013 and 2014, but a new study points the finger at a possible cause, or at least a contributing factor: pesky seagulls, Live Science reports. The study published in
Something Just Killed
Sep 7, 2015 6:32 AM CDT
Something Just Killed 120K Endangered Antelopes
A herd of 60K saigas in Kazakhstan died in only 4 days
- An already critically endangered species has been driven even further to the brink after an insane population decline compounded by the fact that scientists are at a loss to explain it. Initially, scientists weren’t too perturbed to hear some saigas—a type of antelope that inhabits Kazakhstan, Russia, and...
Dozens of Whales
Dying in Alaska
Aug 21, 2015 6:20 AM CDT
Dozens of Whales Are Mysteriously Dying in Alaska
NOAA will investigate 30 deaths since May
- Some 30 large whales have been found dead in the western Gulf of Alaska since May and the NOAA wants to know why. The agency says it is opening a scientific investigation into what is calls an "unusual mortality event," with the number of whale deaths at three...
Starfish Ripping Off Own Arms
Feb 3, 2014 1:50 PM CST
Starfish Ripping Off Own Arms
Reports of 'sea star wasting syndrome' get more disturbing
- Scientists are still trying to figure out why starfish are dying in massive numbers, turning into what one taxonomist described as "goo piles." The latest news on the die-off is similarly disturbing: One biology professor studied sea stars suffering from what is being called "sea star wasting...
Bee Die-Offs Tied to
Tobacco Plant 'STD'
Jan 22, 2014 8:13 AM CST
Bee Die-Offs Tied to Tobacco Plant 'STD'
Tobacco ringspot virus jumped from tobacco to soy to bees: study
- Honeybees have been dying in huge numbers since 2006, and a new study finds that a virus may be one cause. The tobacco ringspot virus has mutated quickly and jumped from tobacco plants to soy plants to bees, researchers say, and the annual increase in honeybee deaths between autumn and...
Something Killed 100K
Fish in Nevada Marina
Jan 16, 2014 2:30 PM CST
Something Killed 100K Fish in Nevada Marina
Officials say cold snap could be partially to blame
- State wildlife officials are trying to figure out why all the fish have died in a northern Nevada marina where the stocked fishery has flourished since the man-made lake was created nearly 15 years ago. An estimated 100,000 trout, bass, and catfish have died over the past month in...
Central America Hit By
Mass Die-Off of Sea Turtles
Nov 11, 2013 7:03 AM CST
Central America Hit By Mass Die-Off of Sea Turtles
Scientists aren't sure what's going on
- Between late September and mid-October, 114 sea turtles washed up dead on El Salvador's beaches. All across Central America, the same thing is happening: In Guatemala, 115 have died this year; in Costa Rica, 280; late last year, 200 died in Panama. In Nicaragua, in addition to the turtle...
in case you missed it
Nov 2, 2013 12:16 PM CDT
Starfish Turning Into 'Goo Piles'
Researchers not sure what's causing 'sea star wasting syndrome'
- A mystery in the waters along the East Coast—and the West: Starfish are deteriorating, shedding limbs and ending up as "goo piles," which is the actual term used by a taxonomist with the Vancouver Aquarium. "That's as technical as it gets right now," she...
Aug 9, 2013 6:15 AM CDT
Dolphin Deaths Skyrocket Off East Coast
Reports cite 7 times more deaths than usual in July
- Bottlenose dolphins off the East Coast are suffering what officials have dubbed an "unusual mortality event." There have been 124 strandings reported between Virginia and New York since July, with 89 occurring in that month—a figure some seven times higher than July's usual death rate, the...
Die-Off of Manatees,
Dolphins Baffles in Florida
Jul 11, 2013 1:29 PM CDT
Die-Off of Manatees, Dolphins Baffles in Florida
Hundreds have died since last July in Indian River Lagoon; pelicans also hard-hit
- Hundreds of manatees, dolphins, and pelicans are dying in Florida's Indian River Lagoon, and authorities don't know why. Some of the manatees—111 have perished since last July—have died so quickly, they still have food in their mouths,
reports; they appear to have died from shock...
Apr 11, 2013 9:33 AM CDT
Racehorses Are Dropping Dead in California
17 confusing deaths since July
- Racehorses that die in California are subject to one of the country's most comprehensive post-mortem reviews, and what those reviews are finding—or not finding—is unsettling. Racehorses have been dropping dead in the state, and no one knows why, reports the
New York Times
. Nineteen died in in...
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