Earth Changes


Dead whale washed ashore at Moree, Ghana


Whale found on the shores of Moree
A whale has been found dead and washed ashore today, August 27, 2015 in Moree, the Central Region of Ghana.

The whale, which is not common to be found dead in Ghana, was seen at the seashore by the fishermen and arrangement is underway to pull it out from the sea.

The cause of death of the whale is not yet known, but fishermen in the area are seen chanting fisher folk songs as they try to pull off the dead whale from the sea.

In September 2013, a whale was washed up on the coast of Nkontompo near Sekondi in the Western Region.

However, another whale also appeared in the communities of Asanta and Kikam (Western Region) and other areas in the Greater Accra Region.


Rare Pygmy whale washes up on a beach in Victoria, Australia


It is unknown whether the young pygmy right whale found stranded was dependent of its mother
A rare whale has been found dead and washed up on Apollo Beach, on the west coast of Victoria on Wednesday.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning's senior biodiversity officer Mandy Watson told Daily Mail Australia that the pygmy whale carcass was 2.6 meters and probably weighed in at 500 kilograms.

'There's not a lot of evidence that suggests any struggle.... it's very likely that the whale died at sea and washed up,' officer Watson said.

The whale's carcass has been sent to researchers to determine its cause of death, which officer Watson said will take weeks.

'There's very little known about them, they're not endangered but very cryptic', Officer Watson said.

She indicated that they are not sure when it died or if it was independent of its mother.


Tourist attacked by orangutan in Indonesia

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Manager of the Sumatra Orangutan Observation Centre in Bukit Lawang, Riswan Bangun said the man was currently being treated at the Colombia Hospital in Medan.
A Kiwi is in hospital after an angry orang-utan bit him on the knee at a sanctuary in Indonesia.

New Zealander Binula Wickramarachchi, 27, was attacked by an agitated ape while trekking through the national park of Sumatra Orangutan Observation Centre.

The attack happened after one of the orang-utans swung down from a tree as Mr Wickramarachchi's tour group passed by, the Daily Mail reported.

Manager of the Sumatra Orangutan Observation Centre, Riswan Bangun, told the Jakarta Post that Mr Wickramarachchi was treated at the Colombia Hospital in Medan.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 5 in South Darfur, Sudan


Six people were struck by lightning in a thunderstorm in South Darfur on Tuesday. Five died, while a fifth is in hospital with serious burns.

"Three of the victims were walking along the road between Bulbul Timbisko and Nyala [capital of South Darfur]", a listener told Radio Dabanga.

He said that three others, all members of the same family, were struck as they sheltered against the heavy rain under a tree in the area of Um Dafug.

"Two of them died instantly and the third sustained heavy burns. He was taken to the Um Dafug Hospital."

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Tropical Storm Erika: At least 25 dead, widespread floods in Dominica

At least 25 people have been killed by Tropical Storm Erika on the small island of Dominica, officials told local media Friday morning.

The Ministry of Public Works told Trinidad and Tobago TV station CCN TV6 that the death toll has risen above two dozen after the storm left severe flooding and triggered mudslides on Thursday.

"Erika has really, really visited us with a vengeance," Claude Weeks, assistance police superintendent, told the Associated Press during a phone interview. Because many roads and bridges are impassable, crews are trying to reach isolated communities via the ocean, he added.

Among those confirmed dead were a blind elderly man and two children in southeastern Dominica, and another man was killed in the country's capital of Roseau, the report said.


Family pit bull euthanized after attack on toddler in Fayetteville, North Carolina

A Fayetteville toddler is fighting for his life after a dog attack in his home.

Authorities say the attack happened just before 8 p.m. Tuesday at a house on Quimby Court in Fayetteville.

Katherine Rodgers told investigators that the family's 5-year-old pit bull mix, Kratos, attacked her 18-month-old son, Kenneth, in their home after he wandered away from her into another room.

"That was her original statement," said Cumberland County Animal Control Director Dr. John Lauby. "She's recanted that statement and says she was playing ball with the dog and the dog got excited and attacked the child is what I'm understanding now from other reports."

Authorities says the 90-pound dog bit the child in the face and neck causing severe facial trauma. A what report? Animal control? Police?report also says that the child's airway was obstructed.


Twin waterspouts spotted near Cape Coral, Florida

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Severe weather in Southwest Florida on Thursday spawned an unusual weather phenomena: double waterspouts!

The moment was captured by Twitter user @FullGrd_FgtGear.

The picture was taken over the Caloosahatchee River off the coast of Cape Coral at about 10:45 a.m.

Cloud Lightning

Tropical Storm Erika dumps torrential rain on Caribbean islands, now heading for U.S. East Coast

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Tropical Storm Erika strengthened as it dumped torrential rain on islands in the Eastern Caribbean and appeared to be headed for the U.S. East Coast early next week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.

Erika could reach hurricane status near Florida's east coast by Monday morning, the Miami-based government forecaster said.

Heavy rains lashed the small, mountainous island of Dominica with almost 9 inches reported at Canefield airport near the capital, Roseau.

Dominica's Tourism Minister Robert Tonge posted photographs and video on Facebook showing widespread flooding in the capital and urged everyone to stay inside.


Lucky escape for Swedish hunters after 'dead' bear attacks

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It is legal to hunt bear in Sweden between August and October.
A Swedish man has spoken about his close brush with death when a bear he believed he had killed lunged up and launched a violent attack on himself and his hunting partner on the first day of Sweden's annual cull.

Roles were reversed at the start of Sweden's annual bear hunt on Friday when two Swedish hunters had to be taken to hospital after they were attacked by their own prey.

"I had had my eye on this bear for a week and a half, because it had been walking around eating oats in this area," Per-Anders Wärme from Bollnäs in northern Sweden told regional newspaper Hela Hälsingland after the incident.

He and his friend had fired two shots at a bear just after the hunt got under way early on Friday morning. But when they walked up to the prey it turned out it was still alive.

Keen to exert his revenge, the 270-kilo beast lunged at Wärme's colleague, who fell to the ground. And as the 49-year-old tried to get hold of his rifle and rescue the other man the bear came towards him instead.


Dead baby whale found in water at Alexandra Headland, Australia


A dead whale, about 4m long, was found floating inside shark nets in front of Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club this morning.
A dead whale has been found floating on the beach side of shark nets in front of the Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club.

It was noticed about 11am by lifesavers and beach goers from the shore who then alerted authorities.

The beach was closed and surfers were cautioned for fears of possible nearby sharks.

Lifesavers believe the mammal, about 4m long, was a juvenile and it had puncture marks on its body.

The animal was towed out to deeper water.