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Series of 5 pit bull dog attacks reported within 4 days in Dayton, Ohio

Multiple pit bull attacks in the city this week have left five people injured, including one man who died.

The family dog

Dayton reports show the first dog attack was reported on April 23.

Officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of North Main Street for an animal complaint. The homeowner told officers her daughter was bitten by a pit bull mix dog.

The victim was transported to Grandview Medical Center for treatment.

"(The homeowner) stated she wanted the animal taken away due to this not being the first time to have happened," wrote Dayton Police Officer Justin Ellis.

Police contacted animal resources and requested the agency pick up the dog which was locked in a room.

Comment: See also: Man mauled by dog dies in Dayton, Ohio

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NOAA reports unusual mysterious spike in humpback whale deaths on Atlantic Coast

© Andy Clark / Reuters
Federal officials have declared an "unusual mortality event" after finding a high number of dead whales washing ashore on the East coast. Scientists are investigating the cause, which could provide greater insight into larger environmental issues.

On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Fisheries issued a press release, declaring an "unusual mortality event" when an abnormally high number of marine mammals were found dead for unknown reasons. There have been 62 such events designated since 1991, when the program was established.

NOAA says the phenomena "can serve as indicators of ocean health, giving insight into larger environmental issues which may also have implications for human health and welfare."


Woman bitten by shark in rare attack at Curio Bay, New Zealand

A shark came 'out of nowhere' and attacked a French tourist in her 20s while she was bodyboarding in New Zealand. She survived the rare attack with only a gash to her leg (stock image)
A French tourist survived a rare shark attack in New Zealand on Thursday, suffering only moderate injuries, rescuers and locals said.

The woman, aged in her 20s, was bodyboarding in the afternoon at Curio Bay in the South Island when the shark attacked her leg, St John Ambulance said.

She was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital's emergency department for treatment.

Nick Smart, who runs the Caitlin Surf School, said the woman was in the water with friends when the shark attacked 'out of nowhere'.


Dead whale found on beach at Jersey Shore

© Andrew Pero
A dead 43-foot-long whale lies on the sand in Toms River N.J. hours after washing ashore on Wednesday April 26, 2017.
A badly decomposed whale that had been floating offshore for at least three days washed up on a beach Wednesday, prompting a hurried effort to dismember and haul away the putrid 43-foot carcass.

Bob Schoelkopf, director of the Brigantine-based Marine Mammal Stranding Center, said the whale may have been a Sei whale, but the poor condition of the carcass made a firm identification difficult. For the same reasons, he said, it will be difficult to determine how the whale died.

"It has been so chewed up. The sharks have really been tearing it up," he said.

The dead whale was first reported by a passing cruise ship three days ago off the coast of New York, and it had been in the surf the last few days.

Comment: Also on the same day: Dead whale found on Hassik beach, Oman


New study claims humans reached Americas 130,000 years ago

© A. Rountrey, C. Abraczinskas and D. Fisher/Univ. Michigan
A 'hammer' stone — possibly shaped by ancient humans — found in California and dated to 130,000 years ago.
Ancient humans settled in North America around 130,000 years ago, suggests a controversial study — pushing the date back more than 100,000 years earlier than most scientists accept. The jaw-dropping claim, made in Nature1, is based on broken rocks and mastodon bones found in California that a team of researchers say point to human activity.

Their contention, if correct, would force a dramatic rethink of when and how the Americas were first settled — and who by. Most scientists subscribe to the view that Homo sapiens arrived in North America less than 20,000 years ago. The latest study raises the possibility that another hominin species, such as Neanderthals or a group known as Denisovans, somehow made it from Asia to North America before that and flourished.

"It's such an amazing find and — if it's genuine — it's a game-changer. It really does shift the ground completely," says John McNabb, a Palaeolithic archaeologist at the University of Southampton, UK. "I suspect there will be a lot of reaction to the paper, and most of it is not going to be acceptance."

The study focuses on ancient animal-bone fragments found in 1992 during road repairs in suburban San Diego. The find halted construction, and palaeontologist Tom Deméré of the San Diego Natural History Museum led a five-month excavation. His crew uncovered teeth, tusks and bones of an extinct relative of elephants called a mastodon (Mammut americanum), alongside large broken and worn rocks. The material was buried in fine silt left by flowing water, but Deméré felt the rocks were too large to have been carried by the stream.

"We thought of some possible explanations for this pattern, and the process we kept coming back to was that humans might be involved," he says. Attempts in the 1990s to date the site suggested that the ivory was some 300,000 years old, but Deméré was sceptical: the method his colleagues used was problematic, and the age seemed so improbable for humans to be living in California.


Fishermen report increase in exotic fish caught off Perth beaches in Western Australia

© Perth Game Fishing Club
Jack Burke landed a nice rankin cod out of Mindarie.
Local fishermen have reported an increase in tropical fish caught just off Perth beaches over the past week.

According to Recfishwest, many Perth fishermen had reported landing tropical fish off the coast in unusual spots.

"We've been receiving some reports of uncharacteristic tropical fish caught just out of Perth the last week," a spokesperson said.

"Both north and south have seen rare catches which is exciting for the fishing community."

Most notably, Perth locals have reported landing a rankin cod out of Mindarie, and a large red emperor off Rottnest Island in the last week.


Welcome to the Matrix - Artificial wombs successfully pass 1st test, human trials could begin within 3yrs

© The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/YouTube
Scientists have successfully developed and tested an artificial womb capable of supporting prematurely born lambs for periods of up to four weeks in a landmark development that could dramatically reduce the risks posed by premature births in humans.

Lambs born at the equivalent point of 23 weeks into the human gestation period have been kept alive in a transparent vessel, or 'biobag,' that serves as both a womb and incubator for periods of up to four weeks after their initial, premature birth.

The research was conducted by a team of doctors and scientists led by Alan Flake, a fetal surgeon at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The team's findings were published in the journal Nature on Tuesday.

"If we can support growth and organ maturation for only a few weeks, we can dramatically improve outcomes for extremely premature babies," said Flake when speaking to the media.

Comment: How long before we see this?
© The Matrix


Woman injured in shark attack off Ascension Island

A British woman attacked by a shark while swimming off the beach of an island in the South Atlantic has been named locally as Frankie Gonsalves.

The woman, who works for the government of Saint Helena, was attacked while swimming off Ascension Island, a government spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman said she believes the woman had been living on Saint Helena island, part of the same British overseas territory, with her husband and children.

The victim is being treated at a nearby hospital, she added.


Man mauled by dog dies in Dayton, Ohio

A man mauled by a dog in Dayton has died. The dog suspected in the attack was shot and killed by police.

The attack happened in an alley in the 300 block of Middle St. around 4:40 a.m. on Tuesday.

Officers went to the scene after a 911 caller reported hearing someone screaming for help and crying. The caller also reported hearing several dogs barking loudly.

Comment: Other severe canine attacks in the last few days: 8-month-old baby attacked, seriously injured by Pit Bull in Medford, Oregon

Girl, 2, hospitalized after attack by family dog in Martinsburg, Missouri

Jogger fights for his life after pitbull attack in Durban, South Africa

Boy, 4, taken to Wolfson after being mauled by dog in Arco, Georgia

4-year-old child attacked by family dog in Vista, California


Dead whale found at Port Mahon, Delaware

A dead whale washed ashore at Port Mahon over the weekend. Its state of decomposition has made identification difficult thus far, but the MERR Institute’s best guess is that it’s a juvenile humpback whale.
A dead whale was spotted in the water just off the coast at Port Mahon on Sunday night.

"It was reported to us on Sunday night, but when we talked to locals it seems that it may have washed up there a few days before," said Suzanne Thurman, director of the Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute.

Due to the whale's late stage of decomposition, identifying it accurately was tricky, said Ms. Thurman. The MERR Institute's best guess is that the animal is a juvenile humpback whale, originally about 30-feet long or more.

"It's certainly a baleen whale from what we can see, probably a humpback, but there weren't a lot of identifying marks left," said Ms. Thurman. "The tissue was so degraded and much of it has been scavenged — it was kind of like a pile of mush."

MERR is a non-profit "stranding" response and rehabilitation organization dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles.

The organization is authorized by National Marine Fisheries Service and the State of Delaware to be the official "stranding" respondents for the marine mammals and sea turtles of Delaware.