Published on Jan 8, 2014
Anthony Gucciardi joins The Alex Jones Show to break down the reality that a whopping 78% of the Fukushima radioactive waste material was deposited in the Pacific Ocean and how a wave of radiation is indeed on course for the West Coast.
Raw: Conjoined Whales Discovered, Dead
Published on Jan 8, 2014
Rare conjoined grey whale calves were discovered on Monday in a Mexican Lagoon. This could be the first documented case of its kind. (Jan. 9)
Rare Conjoined Gray Whale Calves Found in Lagoon—Could Be First for Species
Researchers found the aborted twins floating in a lagoon in Baja California on Sunday.
Two conjoined gray whale calves found by fishermen in the Ojo de Liebre lagoon, in Baja California, Mexico, on January 5.
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Published January 8, 2014
Scientists made an unexpected discovery on January 5 when they found the bodies of two conjoined gray whale calves (Eschrichtius robustus)floating inLaguna Ojo de Liebre (map) in Baja California.
The conjoined twins—also known as Siamese twins—measured aboutseven toten feet (two to three meters) in length, according to several reports. That’s shorter than the usual 12- to 16-foot (3.6- to 4.8-meter) length of full-term gray whale calves.
Gray whale gestation lasts for 13.5 months, saidJim Dines, collections manager of mammals at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in California. So the conjoined twins were probably between 8.5 and 10.5 months of age when they were born, he noted.
Dines cautions that those ages are only estimates based on the lengths of single fetuses. “In the case of twins, the mother has to provide nourishment for two growing fetuses and that may result in two slightly smaller fetuses rather than one normal-sized one,” he explained.
“These were pretty sizeable,” Dines said. “There’s a fair chance the mother was trying to deliver them and couldn’t.”
Researchers who made the find in Mexico didn’t spot the mother, so it’s unclear whether she survived or not.
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STARFISH MELTING ALONG WASHINGTON AND CANADIAN WEST COAST!
Published on Oct 26, 2013
October 26, 2013 KING 5 News
Sea stars are wasting away in larger numbers on a wider scale in two oceans
Sea stars off the nation’s eastern and western coasts are dying in large numbers and in the most undignified ways. Their colorful limbs are curling up at the tips. Squiggly arms are detaching from dying bodies like tails from lizards and wiggling until they also drop dead. Ulcers are opening holes in tissue, allowing internal organs to ooze out.
This time lapse shows a quarantined sea star over a seven-hour period. Living in the Vancouver Aquarium, this sea star was exhibiting symptoms similar to the early stages of the mysterious wasting outbreak observed in nearby waters.
Dying sea stars: Sea star wasting syndrome is devastating populations of the creatures.
Marine scientists say the sea stars are under attack by an unknown wasting disease that turns their bodies to goo, and the results are gruesome, nasty and grisly.
All along the Pacific coast, sea stars are experiencing their largest known die-off, which is affecting more species of sea stars than any other attack in recent memory, biologists said. A smaller and isolated Atlantic outbreak, at points off Rhode Island and Maine, has also been noted.
Formerly known as starfish — a term scientists rejected because they’re more like a sea urchin than a fish — sea stars have been killed by disease several times over the past few decades. But each of those events affected only a single species, marine scientists said, not up to seven, as the new plague has. Divers have previously reported mass sea star deaths in warmer waters south of Santa Barbara, Calif., but not in waters as cool as those of Washington’s Puget Sound.
Scientists disagree slightly on the potential ecological impacts of the current die-off. Sea stars control mussel populations by relentlessly eating them. In their absence, mussels may proliferate and ruin portions of undersea kelp forests that hide small fish from predators and help protect coastal areas from sea surge and storm flooding.
That impact “is very unlikely,” said John Pearse, a professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, who believes scientists will figure the problem out before it gets out of control.
But a colleague who is closely studying the disease isn’t so sure. “We are at the onset of the outbreak,” said Pete Raimondi, chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Santa Cruz.
More important, said Drew Harvell, a Cornell University professor of ecology and evolutionary biology who studies marine diseases, “these kinds of events are sentinels of change. When you get an event like this, I think everybody will say it’s an extreme event and it’s pretty important to figure out what’s going on.”
Scientists do know that wasting is happening on both coasts, but they don’t know if the two die-offs are linked. They know that tens of thousands of sunflower stars have perished in British Columbia alone since the summer, but they don’t know exactly how many or every place there’s a disease outbreak.
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