Earth Changes


Rare Beaked whale found dead on beach in Plymouth, Massachusetts

© Mary Kate McHugh DiLoreto
The elusive Sowerby's beaked whale is rarely seen and studied but a carcass of the marine mammal was found washed up on a Massachusetts beach giving scientists a chance to study this mysterious animal.
A dead body of a rarely seen deep water whale was washed up on a Massachusetts beach on Friday providing marine biologists with a rare opportunity to study the elusive marine animal.

The carcass was of a 17-foot female Sowerby's beaked whale weighing almost a ton and was found on Jones Beach in Plymouth. The whale, believed to be between 7 and 8 years old, was spotted by Mary Kate McHugh DiLoreto while doing a morning walk on the beach.

"While taking our morning walk on Plymouth Beach this morning, we were amazed to learn that one of the rarest species washed ashore. It is a beaked whale not commonly found in this area," she captioned on the photo she shared on Facebook. "We were told members of the Aquarium were heading down to bring it back to study it. Very cool!"


Pacific loon from the Arctic seen in the summer on Lake Nockamixon, Pennsylvania

© Charlie Trapani
A Pacific loon is pictured in the water at Lake Nockamixon in upper Bucks County. Spotting such a bird in these parts is rare in summertime.
I hadn't chased a rare bird in awhile, but that changed when friend Devich Farbotnik called and excitedly said he had found a Pacific loon at the Tohickon boat access area on Lake Nockamixon in upper Bucks County.

If you're not an obsessed "birder" or someone interested in nature in general, you probably wouldn't know how unusual this is. But a lot of people dropped what they were doing to go see it.

Loons have very distinctive voices. Everyone who's watched TV has almost certainly heard their melancholy background yodeling used symbolically to signify lakes or other remote bodies of water. The voice of the common loon is the one that's usually used, even though in many cases you'd never find a loon of any kind at the location or time of year depicted.

Loons are rarely seen around here except from mid-March through mid-May, during spring migration, or in October and November during fall migration. In the spring when they're heading north to breed, they often call from the sky, which is something I've heard many times through the years.

Arrow Down

'You can put a 25-storey building in there': A peek inside mysterious Siberian craters (VIDEO)

© Vasily Bogoyavlensky / AFP
The origin of giant sinkhole craters in Siberia has prompted dozens of wild theories, from meteorites to UFOs. An RT documentary has traveled to the region to try and lift the veil behind the mystery.

Looking inside the mystery holes in the Russian Yamal peninsula is an experience of a lifetime, according to RT documentary correspondent Vitaly Buzuev. The largest of the craters, discovered a year ago, is 60 meters deep.

"I was really shocked when I saw these holes for the first time. It's the biggest hole in Yamal, and you could put a 25-storey building inside it," Buzuev said.

The natives aren't looking for scientific explanations of the holes' origin, Buzuev said. They prefer to believe the craters have a "connection to another world."

"Everybody who lives there and nomads roaming through the tundra need to hear the voice of the Earth. So they believe that something extraordinary happened, and there's no explanation," he added.

Bizarro Earth

Rare tornadoes hit northern Sweden

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On Saturday, residents of Luleå and Piteå in Norrbotten experienced an unusual natural phenomenon generally more associated with the midwest of America - tornadoes.

"I was a bit worried about a boat that was a little too close to the tornado," Hansi Gelter told Swedish newspaper, Expressen.

Gelter saw a tornado form over the sea at Piteå. "I had just got inside the door trying to escape the rain, when the wife screamed 'Look, a tornado!' I ran straight upstairs and fetched the camera."

The tornado lasted about 5-10 minutes before disappearing. "I was never afraid. I saw that the tornado was moving away from us."

Just outside Luleå, Malin Steding was awoken at 0600 by a thunderstorm. "My husband shouted that he saw a tornado and I hurried to try to photograph it," she told Expressen.

"I made sure my cats stayed indoors. You do not want them to be sucked up!"

Though scientists don't entirely understand how tornadoes form, they do have a good idea about the conditions that cause them to develop.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills nine people within 24 hours in Bihar, India


Lighting struck some women while they were planting paddy saplings on farmland.
Kaimur district registered four casualties, all of them women, while three others sustained injuries after lighting struck them in different villages under Bhabhua, Sonhan and Bhagwanpur police station areas.

Nine persons, including five women were killed and 13 others injured in Kaimur, Nawada and Aurangabad districts of Bihar due to lightning in the past 24 hours, officials said today.

Kaimur district registered four casualties, all of them women, while three others sustained injuries after lighting struck them in different villages under Bhabhua, Sonhan and Bhagwanpur police station areas today, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Madan Kumar Anand said.

The victims were identified as Malti Devi (45), Sanju Kumari (18), Hemanti Devi (40) and Arti Devi (35), he said adding that the bodies have been sent for post-mortem.

The injured persons, identified as Demanti Devi, Parvati Devi and Somari Devi have been admitted to Sadar hospital for treatment, Anand said.


Another deep-sea dwelling oarfish surfaces, this time in Antique, Philippines


The oarfish caught by a fisherman in Antique. Oarfish are deep-sea dwellers and scientists are still trying to find out why some oarfish swim to the surface.
Julie Miranda was fishing in Barangay Indalog here on Thursday when he saw a shark chasing a big fish.

Shortly after, the shark swam off and the big fish started to float.

Miranda loaded the fish onto his boat and brought it to shore.

But the fish was no ordinary find. It was a 3-meter long oarfish weighing 14 kg.

"It was our first time to see a very big and very long fish in this town. Even the old villagers do not know the local name of this fish," said Lourdes Sarad, municipal agricultural officer of Tobias Fornier.

Oarfish, or king of herrings, was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest bony fish to be recorded in 2015.

The longest oarfish, which was hit by a steamship, was 13.7 meters, longer than a bus.

Comment: This is the third report of oarfish emerging from the deep sea since April, here are the others -

Rare 17-foot-long oarfish found dead off Catalina Island, California

Rare deep sea oarfish washes up on marsh in Aramoana, New Zealand

See in addition: Rare oarfish: New Zealand sea serpent maybe a harbinger for natural disaster, says scientist

Ice Cube

Look at how much ice remains over Hudson Bay!

A picture is worth a thousand words.

That looks like enough ice to cover all of the state of Illinois.

Not sure I'd want to go kayaking there quite yet.

Thanks to J Philip Peterson for this link


Woman killed by pack of dogs in Wagoner County, Oklahoma


A woman was attacked and killed by a pack of dogs in the town of Red Bird.
Neighbors in the small town of Red Bird were stunned to hear a woman was violently attacked by a pack of dogs, just feet away from their homes.

Friday afternoon, deputies said 68-year-old Carolyn Sue Lamp of Coweta was killed when three dogs attacked her in the Wagoner County town, just southeast of Coweta.

A neighbor saw the attack and tried to save her by running off the dogs and getting her water, but sadly it wasn't enough to save her.

Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert said Lamp parked her car and was walking down Main Street in Red Bird, collecting cans from a ditch when the three dogs came running up to her.

"It's a tragedy this had to happen on a terrible hot day, this lady is out walking trying to make some extra money and gets mauled by a pack of dogs," he said.


Tens of thousands of black sea hares found on Treasure Coast, Florida

Hundreds of sea hares were found on Waveland Beach in St. Lucie County.
Beach goers noticed hundreds of black sea creatures washed ashore Thursday at Waveland Beach.

Those creatures spotted along beaches in Martin and St. Lucie counties the past several days are, according to experts, black sea hares — and they pose no threat at all to beach goers.

"Think of them as a snail without any shell," said Zack Jud, Ph.D., director of education at the Florida Oceanographic Society. "They are absolutely harmless."

Jud said the sea hares are a part of the mollusk family and grow up to 15 inches long. Cold water upwelling is likely pushing them closer to shore.

"The water is getting so cold that they're not swimming very well," Jud said.


Decomposed body of whale found on Ullala beach, India


Dead whale
A giant dead whale was found at Mogaveerapatna sea shore on Friday morning July 24.

The 15 feet body of the fish was in completely decomposes state. As the stray dogs started barking, Praveen Kotian a local resident and member of life guards association reached the place and found the dead whale.

He then informed the matter to the police and Ullala purasabha members. Police and purasabha officers rushed to the spot and a huge crowd of enthusiast people gathered at the spot.