A STARVING SEAL PUP, ONE OF MANY DYING ON CALIFORNIA BEACHES FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS...MANY OF WHOM WERE FOUND TO HAVE LEUKEMIA, UNPRECEDENTED LEUKEMIA.
CANCER WAS ALSO FOUND IN ADULTS:
More than a quarter of the adult California sea lions that die at the Marine Mammal Center suffer from cancer.
That’s one of the highest cancer rates seen in any wild animal.
NO, CANCER IS NOT "CONTAGIOUS".
THERE ARE ONLY TWO POSSIBILITIES THAT EXIST FOR MARINE ANIMALS GETTING CANCER: CHEMICALS IN GREAT VOLUME, AND RADIATION.
WE'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE.
I JUST UPDATED THAT FEBRUARY 2017 LIST AND COULD NOT BELIEVE HOW MANY, MANY THERE WERE TO ADD IN JUST 2 MONTHS!
NOT INCLUDED, MASS DEATHS FROM "YET UNKNOWN DISEASE", FROM DROUGHT, FROM HEAT, OR DEATHS OF LAND ANIMALS INLAND.
IN "NEW" NEWS, FROM JUST 6 DAYS AGO, WE LEARNED THAT SEA LION DEATHS CONTINUE OFF CALIFORNIA'S COAST AND THEY WANT TO BLAME ALGAE BUT CAN'T QUITE PIN IT DOWN.
Are toxic algae blooms sickening sea lions again? – Orange County
ALSO NEW: THE FIRST EVER KNOWN CASE OF A UROGENITAL CARCINOMA (CANCER) WAS FOUND IN A STELLER SEA LION MALE, EUTHANIZED AFTER STRANDING LAST MONTH.
HE ALSO HAD have “an acute bronchopneumonia, severe fibrosis of his lungs and liver, and fluid around his brain.”
Urogenital carcinomas (cancer typically originating in the genital tract) are quite prevalent in adult California sea lions, the steller sea lion's smaller cousin.
"COMMON"? SINCE WHEN? MAYBE SINCE 2010?
ON APRIL 12th, THE SEATTLE TIMES NOTED
Endangered North American right whales gave birth last winter to the fewest calves seen off the U.S. coast in 17 years, troubling scientists who say the low births support other evidence that the imperiled species’ population may be declining.
Researchers estimate only about 500 of the rare whales still exist.
INCREASE IN MARINE DEATHS 'NOTICEABLE'.
In the past 70 years researchers have found that there have been 727 mass die-offs of nearly 2500 different animal species. However there has been a clear and noticeable increase in the amount of dead creatures showing up on the west coast of North America.
A startling new report says in no uncertain terms that the Pacific Ocean off the California coast is turning into a desert. Once full of life, it is now becoming barren, and marine mammals, seabirds and fish are starving as a result. According to Ocean Health:
Over the last three years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has noticed a growing number of strandings on the beaches of California and up into the Pacific north-west. In 2013, 1,171 sea lions were stranded, and 2,700 have already stranded in 2015 – a sign that something is seriously wrong, as pups don’t normally wind up on their own until later in the spring and early summer.
The same is true of seabirds on the Washington State coast:
“This is just massive, massive, unprecedented,” said Julia Parrish, a University of Washington seabird ecologist who oversees the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a program that has tracked West Coast seabird deaths for almost 20 years. “We may be talking about 50,000 to 100,000 deaths. So far.” (source)
The ocean is dying, by all accounts – and if so, the food supply along with it. The causes are numerous, and overlapping. And massive numbers of wild animal populations are dying as a result of it.
Last year, scientists sounded the alarm over the death of millions of star fish, blamed on warmer waters and ‘mystery virus’:
Starfish are dying by the millions up and down the West Coast, leading scientists to warn of the possibility of localized extinction of some species. As the disease spreads, researchers may be zeroing in on a link between warming waters and the rising starfish body count. (source)
MY ORIGINAL WITH THE UPDATES IS AT http://havacuppahemlock1.blogspot.com/2017/02/marine-animal-die-offs-continue.html.