September 16, 2010


Two otters, seal found dead on local beaches

Sea mammal rescue volunteers were busy this past weekend in what was otherwise one of the fairest spans of summer in Kachemak Bay. Volunteers found two sick sea otters on local beaches and an ailing seal at China Poot beach.

. . . “The first one had signs of valvular endocarditis,” he explained. “Symptoms include labored breathing, minimal use of hind flippers, and he was quite lethargic.” The other sea otter exhibited similar symptoms, and Lebling took it back live to the center in Seward to complete tests on it. According to preliminary tests, it too seemed to be a victim of the disease that is blamed for the recent mortality of otters.

Yet another distressed animal, a seal, was found beached in China Poot over the weekend. Biologists will need to complete a necropsy to understand what ultimately caused its death.

Homer Tribune -
N Klouda
15 Sept 2010
Photo courtesy of Homer Tribune
Location: Kachemak Bay, Alaska, USA - Map It

More testing needed to determine cause of death of thousands of fish

It's been a rough summer in some of the waters around Plaquemines Parish in Lousiana - first, hit by the oil spill, and now, hit with fish kills .

. . . Hundreds of thousands of dead fish were floating west of the Mississippi River, in Bayou Chaland. It came several days after the discovery of starfish kill in nearby Barataria Bay.

Then, on Monday, came the discovery of a dead baby whale near Venice.

M Rodriguez
13 Sept 2010
Photo courtesy of WWL-TV
Location: Louisiana, USA - Plaquemines Parish - Map It ; Barataria Bay - Map It ; Venice - Map It

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Positive test for West Nile virus is first in county this year

A dead crow that tested positive for West Nile virus is prompting Oshkosh officials to warn residents to be extra vigilant in taking measures to prevent mosquito bites.

The bird, which was found on Aug. 30, is the first bird to test positive for the virus in Winnebago County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began on May 1st.

Oshkosh Northwestern -
14 Sept 2010
Location: Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA - Map It

Reported Wildlife Mortality Events to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center Updated

USGS and a network of partners across the country work on documenting wildlife mortality events in order to provide timely and accurate information on locations, species and causes of death. This information was updated on September 13, 2010 on the USGS National Wildlife Health Center web page, New and Ongoing Wildlife Mortality Events Nationwide. Quarterly Mortality Reports are also available from this page. These reports go back to 1995.

USGS National Wildlife Health Center
16 Sept 2010
Area: United States

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