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Pygmy whale found on Southern Hawke's Bay beach, New Zealand

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A 3m pygmy sperm whale found on Porongahau Beach yesterday was blessed by Raina (left) and Doc Ferris.
A whale washed up on Porongahau Beach in Southern Hawke's Bay yesterday.

DoC marine ranger Rod Hansen said the 3m pygmy sperm whale was found dead about 200m from the local campground.

It had likely died of natural causes.

"Whales are a bit like humans, they have a fear of drowning," he said. "Often they come into shallow water so they can rest on the bottom."

He said sickness may have drawn the whale into shore. It was not common to see this species close up.

"We get the odd one every now and then. A few locals said it was the first whale of its kind they'd seen."

The whale's body was blessed by local Iwi and moved by a digger up the beach, where it was buried.

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More mass animal deaths in Kazakhstan: 70 rare dalmatian pelicans found dead in country's west

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Dalmatian pelican
70 Dalmatian pelicans have been found dead in Atyrau Oblast in western Kazakhstan, Tengrinews reports citing the press office of Kazakhstan's Agriculture Ministry.

Pelicans were found in the shallow waters of the Kigach river's delta in Kurmangazy district during the spring registration of birds conducted by North Caspian Operating company.

A working group was formed to investigate the cause of the birds' death.

The Dalmatian pelicans are listed in the Red Book of Endangered Species of Kazakhstan. There are approximately 2,000 pairs in Kazakhstan nesting in the water basins of the Ural region, along the Caspian Sea coast and in the Torgai and Naurzum Reserves.

Comment: This comes just days after the mass die-off of antelopes in Kazakhstan reaches 85,000...


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Bear bites two campers near Durango, Colorado

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Two people were transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center early Saturday morning after being bitten by a bear that wandered into their illegal camp near the Durango Tech Center.

Joe Lewandowski, spokesperson with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said the incident happened about 2 a.m. Saturday.

"We don't know what the extent of their injuries are, and we're looking for the bear," he said.

Lewandowski said a wildlife officer spent all night and much of Saturday looking for the animal.

"It's tough to find a bear," he said.

Sgt. Mike Slack with the Durango Police Department said that according to reports, the two men began knocking on homeowner's doors on Ella Vita Court, a residential area near where the men were camped, but residents didn't answer because of the time of night, but they did call authorities.

Officers from the Durango Police Department found the men near Manna Soup Kitchen.

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Record numbers of giant jellyfish are swarming off Dorset coast


Tens of thousands of giant jellyfish are swarming off one of Britain's most popular stretch of coastline over the Bank Holiday
Tens of thousands of giant jellyfish are swarming off one of Britain's most popular stretch of coastline this Bank Holiday.

Record numbers of the 5ft long monsters - which weigh five stone each - were spotted off the Dorset coast. The unprecedented invasion of barrel jellyfish may due to over fishing which leaves fewer predators to eat them when they are young and smaller.

The jellyfish, which are more than three feet wide, may also have overwintered in the depths of UK waters.

Their sting is not considered dangerous to humans but is similar to that of a nettle and can cause a rash.

Conservationist Steve Trewhella spotted the swarm from his dive boat off the coast of Kimmeridge in Dorset.


Comment: Thousands of barrel jellyfish were also spotted off the coast of Devon and Cornwall in April:

Billions of barrel jellyfish appear in coastal waters off Cornwall, UK


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3 feet of snow blocks main road between west and east Norway

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Stuck trucks in Hardangervidda , Norway
Trucks got stuck for 11 hours on the mountain passage Hardangervidda.

A column of eight trucks were stuck in the middle of Hardangervidda for eleven hours. Plowing crews worked on getting them off the mountain.

There has been very bad weather in the mountains in the last day.

Plowing crews report there is now up to a meter (more than 3 feet) of snow on the roadway.

See photo. There is a lot of snow.

Thanks to Alf Inge Fagerheim for this link

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Death toll of rare saiga antelope reaches 85,000 in Kazakhstan

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Saiga antelope
Authorities in Kazakhstan says around one-third of the endangered saiga antelope population in this Central Asian nation has mysteriously died off in the last few days.

Kazakhstan's agriculture ministry said Friday the number of saiga that have died may have reached 85,000.

The ministry says it suspects the animals, which are recognizable for their distinctive humped snout, may have been struck by an epidemic of pasteurellosis caused by a bacterial infection. Officials say international veterinarian experts have been flown to Kazakhstan to study other possible causes for the catastrophic die-off.

The number of saiga plummeted in the 1990s as a result of poaching. At the latest Kazakh government count in 2014, the saiga population stood at 257,000.

Saiga are also found in smaller numbers in parts of Russia.

Source: The Associated Press

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Rain deluge brings floods to Texas and Oklahoma, killing 2 and forcing thousands to evacuate

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Police officers make an emergency water rescue of a stranded motorist after heavy rain showers flood much of Amarillo, Texas, May 23, 2015.

A deluge of rainfall has burst rivers and brought flood warnings to several southern US states, with Texas and Oklahoma the worst hit so far.


Two people died in weather-related accidents in Oklahoma and a man died in San Marcos, Texas.

Parts of Texas saw up to 10 inches (25cm) of rain over a 24-hour period, with more predicted across the region.

There were numerous rescues on Sunday after banks burst, and hundreds of homes were destroyed in central Texas.

Warnings and alerts stretch from Colorado through to Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and eastern Kansas.

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The Blanco river basin in Texas is one of the worst hit areas

'Worst I've seen'

One of the worst hit rivers was the Blanco in Texas.

At one point it crested at 43ft (13m) - some 30ft above the designated flood stage and 7ft higher than the 1929 record.


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Magnitude 5.6 earthquake rattles Tokyo

No immediate reports of damage, tsunami after magnitude 5.5 quake

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An aerial view of the Tokyo.
TOKYO - A powerful earthquake shook central Tokyo on Monday afternoon, causing the temporary suspension of some bullet trains and the closure of airport runways at one of the capital's air hubs.

There was no danger of a tsunami and no initial reports of any damage, according to national broadcaster NHK.

The magnitude 5.6 quake, centered north of Tokyo, struck at 0528 GMT. It measured a lower 5 on Japan's earthquake intensity scale in southern Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo. The intensity scale has a highest reading of 7.

Narita International Airport temporarily closed its two runways following the quake, but Haneda airport, located closer to the center of Tokyo, was running flights as scheduled, according to NHK.

Some bullet shinkansen train services were temporarily suspended following the temblor, NHK also said.

There were no reports of irregularities at the Tokaimura nuclear plant in southern Ibaraki, the national broadcaster said.

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Crews in Wagoner County, Oklahoma rescue families stranded by sinkhole

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  • There is a sinkhole in Wagoner County on Front Street.
  • About a dozen homes are on the other side.
  • Wagoner County Emergency Management is working to rescue families.
Wagoner County Emergency Management told FOX23 that they are working to rescue families stuck because of a giant sinkhole on Front Street near 11th and the Creek Turnpike.

They are bringing a crane to help make the road passable for families stuck on the other side.

There are about 12 homes on the other side of the hole. There are no other roads out.

They are bringing in emergency vehicles to further assess the situation.

There are no reports of injuries right now.

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Worst torrential rain in 40 years hits six provinces in China causing floods, mudslides

Heavy rain that caused mudslides and flooding in southern and central China has left at least 35 people dead and another 13 missing, reports say.

Torrential rain - the worst for 40 years in some parts of the country - has hit at least six provinces, Xinhua news agency and the government say.

But relief could be on the way for some areas as China's National Meteorological Centre said the weather would start to weaken on Sunday.

The southwest province of Guizhou is among the worst affected with 11 people dead and eight missing as of Friday, the government's ministry of civil affairs said in a separate statement.