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Dead whale with balloon-like swelling found on beach in Chile

Although the whale is about 52ft long, pictures show how an enormous balloon-like swelling dwarfs its entire head
This is the moment tourists flocked to see a dead whale - despite warnings a huge swelling coming out of its head could explode at any moment.

The giant carcass was discovered washed up on a beach in Pelluhue, in the central Chilean region of Maule.

Although the whale is about 52ft long, pictures show how an enormous balloon-like swelling dwarfs its entire head.

Thought to be a minke whale, the carcass has attracted tourists and scientists - but there are already fears it could explode.

President of the Vets of Wild Fauna Association Betsy Pincheira said: 'The protuberance is caused because of the common decomposition process. It is an accumulation of gas, generally methane.

'I wish people would not approach because this could explode.'

Bizarro Earth

Yellow fever killing thousands of monkeys in Brazil

Northern Muriqui monkeys
Yellow fever, a virus carried by mosquitoes and endemic to Africa and South America, has robbed the private, federally-protected reserve of its brown howlers in an unprecedented wave of death that has swept through the region since late 2016, killing thousands of monkeys.

Karen Strier, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of anthropology, has studied the monkeys of this forest since 1983. She visited the reserve -- her long-term study site near the city of Caratinga -- in the state of Minas Gerais, in January of 2017. "It was just silence, a sense of emptiness," she says. "It was like the energy was sucked out of the universe."

Using what in some cases are decades of historical data, Strier and a team of Brazilian scientists focused on studying primates in Brazil's patchwork Atlantic Forest are poised to help understand and manage what happens next. They have never seen monkeys perish in such numbers, so quickly, from disease.

Comment: See also: Yellow fever outbreak in Brazil worries U.S. officials

Cloud Precipitation

Hailstones bombard car, smash through windows near Cleveland, Tennessee (VIDEO)

A man driving on I-75 outside of Cleveland, Tennessee on Tuesday decided to record the hail storm he was stuck driving through.
A man driving on I-75 outside of Cleveland, Tennessee on Tuesday decided to record the hail storm he was stuck driving through.

On a post to his YouTube page, Judd Rambo says "it was cool until the back window blew out and glass and ice started flying around the car."

Rambo captured the deluge of hail that broke through his car, hitting him from behind. Rambo can be heard at one point stating he was forced to pick glass out of his hands due to the windows shattering.

Strong winds and hail crossed through portions of the state on Tuesday, causing damage to structures and even tipping a semi over onto a car in Murfreesboro.


New striped rain-frog species discovered in Ecuador's cloud forests

© Jaime Culebras/Colorado State University

Researchers have documented a new 'spectacular-looking' species of frog they've named the Ecuadorian rainfrog (Pristimantis ecuadorensis).
A yellow-green frog with eye-catching stripes that was discovered recently in Ecuador's cloud forests has now been deemed a new species of rain frog, according to a new study.

Across the U.S. and Canada, there are about 110 described frog species. By comparison, Ecuador — which is about the size of Colorado — is home to 570 frog species, and counting, according to the researchers. The latest species discovery in Ecuador came from an expedition that focused on studying a similar, threatened frog called the ornate rain frog (Pristimantis ornatissimus).

Scientists previously thought the ornate rain frog population was a single species.


Earth's worst-ever mass extinction of life holds 'apocalyptic' warning about climate change, say scientists

Runaway global warming saw the planet's average temperature hit about double what it is today about 250 million years ag

Researchers studying the largest-ever mass extinction in Earth's history claim to have found evidence that it was caused by runaway global warming - and that the "apocalyptic" events of 250 million years ago could happen again.

About 90 per cent of all the living things on the planet were wiped out in the Permian mass extinction - described in a 2005 book called When Life Nearly Died - for reasons that have been long debated by scientists.

Comment: Aha! Finally a reasoned voice who admits that we have to 'wait and see' but that we are definitely in for some seriously dangerous and destructive weather patterns, which he probably concluded by checking the monthly Sott Earth Changes Summary!


Metallic, trumpet-like sounds recorded in Sweden

© YouTube/Sabrina Saba
Strange sounds from the sky. Sweden 08.03. 2017.


Signs and Portents: Four-legged chicken born in Brazil (VIDEO)

© Ruptly
The chick was expected to die within hours of being born.
A Brazilian chicken has no shortage of legs to samba dance with after being born with four of the extremities. Despite bleak predictions that the chick would die within hours of being born, it has defied all odds, strutting with pride for ten days so far.


Signs and Portents: Two-headed lamb born in Conwy, Wales

A lamb was born with two heads amid a rise in cases of Schmallenberg virus
Farmers urged to get livestock tested for Schmallenberg virus (SBV), which is on the rise in the UK

Farmers are being warned to test their livestock for a virus that causes birth defects in livestock.

Lambing flocks across the country are experiencing higher than normal losses from deformed lambs, while early calving herds are also yielding calves with congenital defects.

The birth - at a farm in Conwy - comes amid growing concerns about the rise of Schmallenberg virus (SBV). The lamb was put down shortly after birth.

Ice Cube

'Ice volcanoes' erupting on shores of the Great Lakes

© Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News
Ice volcanoes were visible Wednesday on the Lake Erie shore at Evangola State Park.
In a rare March appearance, a phenomenon of nature known as ice volcanoes formed on the shores of a few Great Lakes and began erupting this week in plumes of sand, water, ice and, yes, even fish, according to The Buffalo News.

Dave McCoy, an environmental educator at Evangola State Park in New York, told the News that more than two-dozen ice volcanoes sprung up along Lake Erie's shoreline for the fourth time this winter season.

"I've never seen them form in March," McCoy told the News.

They also formed on Lake Superior and Lake Ontario, the latter shown in video provided by The Weather Network:

Cloud Precipitation

Lanzarote in the Canary Islands turns white after freak hail shower

Lanzarote turned white on Sunday, after a hail storm turned parts of Teguise and Tinajo white.

The surprise weather came after a weather warning for heavy rain was issued for the area. However the rain fell as hail in a number of places, creating the wintry scene.