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179 dead seals recorded along southern Maine coast since July 1

Scientists say it could take at least a week to get answers about what's causing dead seals to wash up on Southern Maine beaches.
© Marine Mammals of Maine
Scientists say it could take at least a week to get answers about what's causing dead seals to wash up on Southern Maine beaches.
Scientists say it could take at least a week to get answers about what's causing dead seals to wash up on Southern Maine beaches.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, 179 were reported since July 1, 114 of those in August alone. That's three times the average for the entire month of August.

"These numbers are obviously very concerning," said Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Goebel.

Goebel said 73 other seals have been stranded on shore alive.

"We're seeing these seals come in with poor body condition and they're having signs of lethargy and coughing and sneezing, so we're thinking of the possibilty is that it could be either avian influenza or the phocine distemper virus," Goebel said.

Attention

Dead whale found on coast of Greenspond, Newfoundland

Josephine Kelly-Janes said she thinks it'd take a 'mighty wind' to free the whale carcass from the rocks.
© Josephine Kelly-Janes
Josephine Kelly-Janes said she thinks it'd take a 'mighty wind' to free the whale carcass from the rocks.
A dead whale has washed up on the rocks near in Greenspond, close to the small island's causeway.

Josephine Kelly-Janes, who has a summer home on the island in Bonavista Bay, said she heard about the whale on Saturday morning and drove down to have a look.

"We put the windows down and the smell was so rancid, we had to put them back up," she said.

The body of the marine animal seems to be stuck on the rocks, she said. "The only way he will move from there is if the wind changes, and it's a mighty that would have to take [it]."

Doberman

Man mauled to death by pack of 4 dogs in Jamaica

canine attack
© Angela Antunes / CC by 2.0
On July 21 Latoya Cole and her family members were to celebrate a special occasion, but tragedy struck in the wee hours of the morning, casting a dark shadow on a day that would have otherwise been filled with congratulatory smiles and well wishes.

As Cole's older sister Marsha prepared to walk down the aisle, news came that their 66-year-old father, Whittington, had been rushed to Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine. He had been ripped apart by at least four pit bulls and Rottweilers and was bleeding profusely. Hours later, he died.

Cole, who spoke with the Jamaica Observer yesterday, said Whittington often walked when he was unable to sleep. He was doing this when the dogs attacked him.

"At 12:45 am he was walking in the community of Hampton Green. I can only assume that he was walking back home or walking out of the scheme when dogs attacked him. The doctors told me he said four dogs attacked him," Cole said.

The attack, she said, occurred at the intersection of Grant's Crescent and Locksley Avenue.

Eye 2

Signs and Portents: Two-headed snake hatched in Pittston, Pennsylvania

Gemini, the two-headed snake, is already four weeks old and will, hopefully, be on display at The Pet Zone in Pittston should it live past six months.
© Jimmy Fisher | Sunday Dispatch
Gemini, the two-headed snake, is already four weeks old and will, hopefully, be on display at The Pet Zone in Pittston should it live past six months.
A little over a month ago, a snake egg began hatching at The Pet Zone and two little heads popped out of the shell.

Bill Pambianco Sr. and his son, Bill Jr., thought it was twin snakes. But, it was something much different.

"There was two heads sticking out and we thought it was twins but, as it emerged a little more, we saw it had two heads," Bill Jr. said. "There was no inclination; it was just a random thing that happened. We did not know that it was going to be two-headed."

According to Bill Jr., manager of the Pet Zone and a reptile enthusiast, there is a 1 in 100,000 chance of a two-headed snake hatching.

Attention

Dead whale shark found near Manila, Philippines

A man takes photo of the carcass of a Whale Shark or locally known as Butanding at Navotas fish port on Friday.
© Jansen Romero/ MANILA BULLETIN
A man takes photo of the carcass of a Whale Shark or locally known as Butanding at Navotas fish port on Friday.
A whale shark or 'butanding' was found dead in Navotas Fish Port, Friday.

The 16-foot corpse was discovered by the residents near Navotas Fish Port according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) officials.

The whale shark was seen floating around 11 p.m. Thursday.

Residents pulled out the butanding to the shore as foul odor was emanating from it.

Attention

'Get me out of the water' man yells following first shark attack in years at Cape Cod, Massachusetts

A sign warns visitors to Long Nook Beach
© Merrily Cassidy
A sign warns visitors to Long Nook Beach of recent shark sightings, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in Truro, Mass. A man swimming off Cape Cod was attacked by a shark on Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital. It was the first shark attack on a human on the popular summer tourist destination since 2012.
A man was attacked by a shark while swimming off a Cape Cod beach Wednesday, and suffered what one witness called a "very serious" injury, Cape Cod Times reported.

A town official in Truro, where the attack occurred, said the 61-year-old man suffered "deep puncture wounds to the hip and torso area," and had to be taken to the hospital by helicopter, according to boston25news.com.

Before he was taken to a hospital in Boston, the man said he was standing in ocean water 30 yards from the Long Nook Beach when he was attacked by the shark, per WCVB.

There is no word on the man's condition, but the beach was closed after he was attacked at about 4:15 p.m., the Boston Globe reported.


Heart - Black

Barbarian residents of the Faroe Islands slaughter 180 whales

Hunting season: Dozens of villagers on Vágar, Faroe Islands, gather to help out in the hunting and butchering of a pod of some 180 whales

Hunting season: Dozens of villagers on Vágar, Faroe Islands, gather to help out in the hunting and butchering of a pod of some 180 whales
These images show dozens of villagers on a remote Atlantic island hunting down and slaughtering a pod of whales, colouring the water red with blood.

The practice, known as whale driving, saw children as young as five take part in the hunt of some 180 whales in the village of Sandavágur on Vágar island last month.

Every summer, hundreds of pilot and beaked whales are killed across the Faroe Islands, a Danish archipelago located hundreds of miles off the Scottish coast between Norway and Iceland.


Attention

Dead humpback whale found at Ocean Shores Beach, Washington

dead whale
The corpse of a humpback whale washed up on Ocean Shores Beach, Washington, on Aug. 11, possibly killed by getting wrapped up in fishing lines.

The whale had been floating offshore for a few days, monitored by scientists from the nonprofit Cascadia Research Center (CRC).

Commercial fishing gear is a deadly hazard for marine mammals. Fishermen leave lines and nets extending across miles of ocean, which whales cannot see. Whales become entangled and can drown, or can get deeply lacerated by the lines as they thrash in an effort to get free.

According to CRC researcher John Calambokidis, more than a dozen whales have died by entanglement so far this year.

Fish

Hundreds of thousands of dead fish discovered in rivers across New Taipei City, Taiwan

dead fish in the Tamsui River

Dead fish in the Tamsui River
Hundreds of thousands of mullet were reported dead in rivers across New Taipei City Monday, with a preliminary investigation indicating the cause of death was consecutive days of high temperatures rather than water pollution, the city's Water Resources Department said Tuesday.

The dead fish were found in the Tamsui River, Xindian River, Dahan River and Keelung River, officials said, adding that about 100,000 dead fish have so far been removed from the rivers.

The officials said they expected to finish removing the dead fish within three days.

Attention

Another dead Cuvier's beaked whale found on beach in Donegal, Ireland - 3rd for the county in recent days

dead whale
Another Cuvier's beaked whale has washed up on a Donegal beach, just days after the discovery of two whales on two separate sites in the county.

On August 4, two Cuvier's beaked whales were found dead in Sheephaven Bay and Gola Island.

However a third whale has now been found washed up Pollan beach in Ballyliffin in recent days.

A Derry holiday maker who saw the whale said it was a very sad sight.

Comment: See also: Three dead beaked whales found in 'highly unusual' strandings on west coast of Ireland