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

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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


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More than 30 dead harbor seals wash ashore in southern Maine in 2 days

A dead seal on the shore at Bayview Beach in Saco on Sunday. This was one of several dead seals reported on the beach over the past two days.
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A dead seal on the shore at Bayview Beach in Saco on Sunday. This was one of several dead seals reported on the beach over the past two days.
Marine mammal experts are testing tissue samples for a potential common cause of the surge in carcasses found on the state's beaches this year.

Marine mammal experts are at a loss to explain why a large number of harbor seals have turned up dead on beaches in southern Maine this summer.

The most recent cluster of deaths was reported Monday when the carcasses of 11 harbor seals, mostly pups, were discovered on Bayview and Kinney Shores beaches in Saco. Those beaches are situated between Ocean Park and Ferry Beach State Park.

In the past two days, more than 30 dead harbor seals have washed ashore on southern Maine beaches, including Wells Beach and Ogunquit Beach, said Lynda Doughty, executive director of Marine Mammals of Maine, which investigated the Saco seal deaths.

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Two pit bulls terriers kill woman in Montgomery County, North Carolina

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Two pit bulls attacked and killed a 66-year-old woman while she was taking a walk in a Lake Tillery development on the western side of Montgomery County, authorities said.

The woman did not return home from her walk Thursday so her husband and neighbors searched the area.

They couldn't find her and called 911.

Deputies and emergency personnel discovered her body along an unused road.

It appeared she was attacked by dogs and authorities later located them in the neighborhood.

Comment: A list of the fatalities caused by this type of dog across America over the last 12 months:

Woman killed by pit bull terrier in Chicago

Boy, 2, killed by several pit bull terriers in Philadelphia

6-year-old girl dies following pit bull attack in Jacksonville, Florida

8-month-old girl killed by family pit bull in Miramar, Florida

Family pit bull terrier kills 6-year-old boy in Altoona, Pennsylvania

Woman killed by 2 pit bull terriers in Gulfport, Mississippi

Woman mauled to death by at least one of her pit bull terriers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Boy killed by family pit bull terrier in Converse, Texas

Young girl killed by pit bull terrier in Duncan, Oklahoma

Woman killed by pit bull terrier in West Monroe, Louisiana

Woman killed by 2 pit bull terriers in Bell County, Kentucky

Woman mauled to death by her pit bull terriers in Goochland County, Virginia

Elderly woman killed by her own pit bull terrier in Alsip, Illinois

Woman killed by pack of pit bull terriers in Jackson County, Alabama; second such attack in the state in 10 days

Pack of 4 pit bull terriers kill woman in Guntersville, Alabama; seriously injure another

Man dies following attack by 4 pit bull terriers in Philadelphia

Boy killed by 2 pit bull terriers in Lowell, Massachusetts

61-year-old woman killed by pit bull terrier in Gilmer County, Georgia

1-month-old baby killed by 2 pit bull terriers in Knox County, Ohio

Woman dies from injuries sustained in pit bull terrier attack in Neshoba County, Mississippi

Woman dies following pit bull terrier attack in Calhoun County, Florida

If something in the environment is causing people to become more erratic, aggressive and odd in their behavior one might reasonably expect such manifestations to be reflected in the animal kingdom. Particularly in those domesticated creatures close to humans, for example dogs and then for certain kinds of dogs with questionable temperaments to go crazy with increasing frequency. Could this be the pattern happening now?


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Rabid beaver attacking father and daughter on kayak caught on video in Adams County, Pennsylvania

father daughter rabid beaver attack
© (Dan Wherley/ Facebook)
A Pennsylvania man and his daughter said they were attacked by a large beaver while they were kayaking in Adams County.
A Pennsylvania man and his daughter said they were attacked by a large beaver while they were kayaking in Adams County on Aug. 5.

Dan Wherley and Layla, 7, were kakaying down Conewago Creek when the beaver came close to them.

"I looked, and it was a beaver scratching at it, and I thought 'Wow, that's pretty cool-a beaver came up to us!' It wouldn't stop, so I used my paddle tried to hit it to get it away, and it just wouldn't stop, wouldn't stop," Wherley told WPMT-TV in a report on Aug. 9.

"The beaver came up to the kayak, and tried to get in the kayak," said Layla.

"I jumped out of my kayak and ran to her. I got to her kayak the same time the beaver did, it climbed up on the back of her kayak, started to, and I had to punch it to get it off, cause I didn't have anything with me," added Wherley in the report.

Comment: Are we seeing a rise in the spread of infectious diseases as well as animal attacks? And are they in some way connected?


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Signs and Portents: Two-headed calf born in north-west China

A calf has shocked locals after being born with two heads on a farm in Shaanxi province

A calf has shocked locals after being born with two heads on a farm in Shaanxi province
A strange calf born with two heads has shocked villagers in north-west China.

Video footage of the mutant cow in a village in Xianyang city, Shaanxi province, shows it with two large heads, two ears, two mouths and four eyes.

The baby animal was seen sprawled on the ground helplessly as it was unable to stand up on its own.

After the unusual birth last Thursday, owner Feng Wenhong shared images of the animal, which is said to be affected by some sort of genetic mutation while still inside its mother's uterus.

The six-year-old mother survived the difficult birth and previously produced four healthy calves, according to local reports.


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9 dead dolphins discovered in 3 days in Sarasota County, Florida

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Nine dead bottlenose dolphins have been found since Tuesday in Sarasota County. Red tide is suspected in their deaths.

Mote Marine staff has been working long hours responding to reports of dolphins. manatees, sea turtles and other marine life that has been killed or sickened by red tide in southwest Florida. They do not think the red tide problem is going to end anytime soon.

Mote Marine Laboratory will be conducting autopsies on the dolphins with the hope of learning what killed them.


Comment: See also these other recent reports: Worst red tide in more than a decade killing sea life along Florida coast

Dead whale shark found on Sanibel Island, Florida


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At least 50 manatees die mysteriously off Mexican coast

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As many as 50 manatees have died, floating to the surface of rivers and lagoons in Mexico's southern state of Tabasco, where some of the country's major oil wells have been operating for decades. Fish, reptiles, birds and other marine animals have also died suddenly, and scientists are scrambling to figure out the cause.

"It could be one of the greatest environmental emergencies we have had in recent times," Ernesto Zazueta, president of the Association of Zoos, Breeders and Aquariums of Mexico told El Universal newspaper.

On May 18, residents of the municipality of Bitzales found a lifeless manatee floating in the water. They assumed it was an isolated incident, or that the animal had been sick. But in the weeks the followed, more and more dead manatees were found in the state's waterways. Fishermen reported that suddenly they weren't catching anything, and dead fish also began floating to the surface.

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At least 100 dead birds found in Oklahoma City

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Dozens of birds found dead
Dozens of birds were found dead in a Piedmont neighborhood following Wednesdays' severe storms.

After severe storm's moved through early Aug. 8, residents in the Surrey Hills neighborhood near NW 121 Place and Mustang discovered at least 100 dead birds underneath a tree.

FOX 25's Jeff George speculates that the tree was struck by lightning, killing the flock of birds.

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Dead whale shark found on Sanibel Island, Florida

Whale Shark necropsy performed on Sanibel Island by FWC;s Dr. Gregg Poulakis and NOAA's Dr. Jose Castro along with additional FWC staff.
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Whale Shark necropsy performed on Sanibel Island by FWC;s Dr. Gregg Poulakis and NOAA's Dr. Jose Castro along with additional FWC staff.
Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission scientists are trying to determine the cause of death of a 25-foot-long whale shark that was found on Sanibel Island.

The waterways off Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties have been heavily impacted by red tide.

FWC's Dr. Gregg Poulakis, NOAA's Dr. Jose Castro and FWC staff members performed a necropsy on the whale shark on Tuesday. The shark appeared to be newly deceased.

The necropsy was part of FWC's response to the red tide that is killing marine life in southwest Florida.

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Dead whale shark found on the shore of Tagum City, Philippines

A dead whale shark was spotted at the shoreline in Barangay Cabugan, Tagum City, Davao del Norte Tuesday dawn, August 7, 2018.
© Darell Blatchley
A dead whale shark was spotted at the shoreline in Barangay Cabugan, Tagum City, Davao del Norte Tuesday dawn, August 7, 2018.
Experts are investigating the death of a whale shark that was spotted at the shoreline in Barangay Cabugan, Tagum City, Davao del Norte Tuesday dawn.

In his Facebook post, Darrell Blatchley, owner of D' Bone Museum in Davao City, captured a photo of a dead whale while rested on the shoreline after it was washed ashore.

Blatchley told SunStar Davao that it was found lifeless around 5 a.m. on August 7.

The whale shark measures 14 feet or 4.3 meters.

Blatchley said they will conduct a necropsy, a surgical examination of the dead animal, to learn its cause of death.

He added that remains will be brought to the museum.