Earth Changes


Fed up with clapping for fish? Sea World trainer attacked by sea lion, Australia

A sea lion who didn't take kindly to being weighed has attacked an animal trainer at Sea World on the Gold Coast.

The 28-year-old suffered a minor cut to his arm, Sea World said in a statement.

The theme park said the man was trying to carry out a routine weight check on the animal when the incident happened.

"An ambulance was called to attend to the trainer. Following the incident, both the sea lion and trainer are in a good condition," Sea World said.

The sea lions are coming into their breeding season which can lead to them being in an excited state, the park said.

Source: AAP

Brampton woman attacked by coyote, Canada

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The City of Brampton has put up sign warning residents and placed traps in the area following a suspected coyote attack after a woman was bitten in her driveway on Thursday night.
A Brampton woman is undergoing rabies treatment after reporting that she had been bitten by a coyote in front of her home on Mountain Ridge Rd. on Thursday night.

Jasmine Bajaj and her family had just arrived home at around 9 p.m. when she realized that she forgot something in her car.

When she went back out to the driveway, she said a large coyote snuck up behind her and bit her in the leg, leaving two large puncture wounds on her calf.

Arctic blast sets stage for winter storm to threaten the Northwest U.S.

The blast of arctic air spreading across the nation will set the stage for a winter storm to threaten the Northwest later this week.

Frigid air will not only spend this week pouring across the eastern two-thirds of the nation, but will also continue to spill into the Northwest.

As the cold air expands southwestward, gusty winds will create even lower RealFeel® temperatures through Wednesday.

As the cold air squeezes through the Columbia Gorge, winds will pick up speed in a fashion similar to what happens between buildings in a city. Gusts of 40 to 60 mph can occur near the western mouth of the gorge into Wednesday.

The strongest winds will whip Troutdale, Oregon, with gusts of 50 mph expected in Portland.

Such winds could cause tree damage and power outages. Dangerous cross-winds will threaten high-profile vehicles, including those traveling Interstate-84 as it snakes along the Columbia River and the portion of I-5 in the Portland, Oregon, area.

As the winds die down later Wednesday, attention will then turn toward a new Pacific storm due to arrive late in the week.

While the storm will be far from the strongest to slam the region, the presence of the cold air will set the stage for snow and ice to fall outside of the mountains and create travel hazards.

Current indications point toward an icy mix developing along the I-5 corridor in northern Oregon and southern Washington Wednesday night through Thursday morning.
Bizarro Earth

Dead fish in Rio Olympic bay baffle scientists

Dead fishes
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Thousands of dead fish have begun mysteriously washing up in the polluted Rio bay that will host sailing events at the 2016 Olympics -- and experts are at a loss to explain why.
Thousands of dead fish have begun mysteriously washing up in the polluted Rio bay that will host sailing events at the 2016 Olympics -- and experts are at a loss to explain why. Guanabara Bay has already been the subject of concern amongst sailors who are to compete in Rio because of the human sewage that gets pumped into its waters.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has expressed confidence that Guanabara will be fit for purpose by the time of the games. But the recent appearance of thousands of dead fish, and the foul stench of their rotting carcasses, has attracted further scrutiny with the Olympics less than two years away.

Scientists are baffled by the phenomenon but say there is no evidence so far to suggest pollution is the cause. The foul odor first took over the usually peaceful Paqueta Island, where cars are banned and the population of 4,500 people travels on horseback or bicycle among the only baobab trees in Brazil.
Cloud Precipitation

Two pensioners missing in Italy storms after landslide engulfed their home

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Ten people in Chiavari, Liguria, were brought to safety in a rubber dinghy as floods hit the town.
Two pensioners were still missing on Tuesday morning after a landslide engulfed their home in Liguria, prompted by the latest storm to hit north-west Italy.

The two elderly cousins were believed to have been at home when the landslide hit at around midnight in Leivi. Despite rescuers' efforts they have not been found, La Stampa reported.

Earlier in the evening it took the fire brigade two hours to save two women, one pregnant, from their nearby home after it was hit by a landslide.

A further ten people in Chiavari were brought to safety in a rubber dinghy, as torrential rain prompted streams and the River Rupinario to burst their banks.

Ice Cube

What global warming? Frigid cold blasts the Rockies and Upper Midwest after being hit by snow

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Nov. 10, 2014: Teresa Goodson walks to work in ski goggles in downtown St. Paul during the first snowstorm of the season on Monday.
After the snow comes the cold.

After being buried under more than a foot of snow, parts of the Rockies and Upper Midwest were getting their first icy touch of arctic air on Tuesday. And the rest of the Midwest and the East are expecting a dose later in the week, with temperatures forecast as much as 40 degrees below average.

The frigid air was pushed in by a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend.

A look at the storm and its effects:

12th report in 2 months of dead cetaceans Down Under: Carcass of humpback whale found drifting off Perth coast, Australia

The whale carcass drifting off Perth coast.
A humpback whale carcass is being towed away from the Perth coast after attracting several sharks.

Department of Fisheries spokesman Phil Shaw said sharks were feeding from the dead humpback whale, measuring more than 10 metres in length.

It was first spotted by the crew of a vessel returning from Rottnest just before 10am on Monday when it was five nautical miles off the coast.

Comment: There have been now 12 reports of dead whales and dolphins emanating from Australasia over the last 2 months, see also -

Humpback whale carcass found on Gold Coast beach, Australia

36 stranded pilot whales die in New Zealand

Rare beaked whale found dead on Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Rare, record-sized pygmy whale found dead on Victorian beach, Australia

Eight-metre dead whale washes onto rocks in Batemans Bay, Australia

Dead humpback whale found on Kapiti Coast, New Zealand

Rare deep sea dwelling beaked whale washes up on beach near Newcastle, Australia

Denizen of deep water, cuviers beaked whale found dead on Titahi Bay beach, New Zealand

Humpback whale washes up dead at Kalbarri beach, Western Australia

Dead fin whale found on beach in Warrnambool, Australia

Two dead humpback whales wash up on NSW beaches, Australia

Creatures from the deep signal major Earth Changes: Is anyone paying attention?


Humpback whale carcass found on Gold Coast beach, Australia

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The whale carcass which washed up at The Spit on the Gold Coast.
Council workers are in the process of removing a whale carcass that washed up on a Gold Coast beach overnight.

The whale's remains were spotted on The Spit early on Sunday morning, near Philip Park.

Lifeguard Anthony Lunney said the dead whale appeared to be a juvenile humpback, which measured about 20 metres in length.

Dead whale found on beach at Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer, France

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This whale washed up on a beach in France could explode.
Officials in France are racking their brains about how to deal with a dead whale washed up on a beach on the south coast of France. The decaying carcass is a ticking time bomb, with the possibility it could explode.

The whale washed up on the beach at Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer, near Montpellier on the Mediterranean coast, in early November in an already decayed state. It now needs to be moved quickly as gases inside the carcass could cause it to explode.

"Because of the heat, gases form inside the cadaver - hence, the bulging appearance of the whale - and accumulate until they explode," Anaïs Cheiron, project manager of the national reserve of Camargue, told daily newspaper Midi Libre.


Wildebeest attacks and throws woman about at North Carolina zoo

A woman attacked by an exotic animal at a North Carolina zoo is out of the hospital and recovering Monday night.

The staff at Zootastic in Troutman was taking school children on a drive through the park on a wagon on Oct. 27.

A mother arrived late with her children and zoo bookkeeper Kimberly Hillman offered to drive the children to the wagon which had already departed.

"When she got out of the car she was walking the kids to the wagon," Zootastic owner Scottie Brown told WSOC-TV. "The wildebeest came over and she shooed it."