February 13, 2012

Today's Wildlife Disease News Stories


Cormorants Dying from Red Tide Effects

So far this year the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) in Port Aransas has received 48 calls about large birds that are acting, for lack of a better term, drunk. It turns out the Double Crested Cormorants are suffering from a potentially life-threatening problem linked to red tide.

Tony Amos and the hard working volunteers at the ARK believe the birds' diet is to blame. Cormorants are fish eaters. Since the end of last year they've been eating fish that have been exposed to the red tide.

Kristv - www.kristv.com
09 Feb 2012
Location: Port Aransas, Texas, USA - Map It


[More than 200 dolphins found dead in Maharashtra] [Spanish article translated]

[Translation disclaimer]

The beaches in this region over 106 km showed the same phenomenon. The authorities seek to determine whether it was natural deaths. More than 200 dolphins were found dead during the last week along 106 kilometers of beaches of the region Lambayeque. The causes of this strange phenomenon have not yet been determined, so it is possible that in the case of deaths.

According to the head of the Instituto del Mar del Peru ( IMARPE ) of Lambayeque, Edward Barriga, also noted that the large numbers of dead anchovies on land and floating in the sea, especially on beaches between San Jose district and sector known as Palo Parado in Mórrope. President of the Association of mariculturists of Lambayeque, Jorge Cabrejos, said it could be a string that began with the consumption of plankton decomposed by the anchovies, which in turn poisoned the dolphins that devoured. The contamination would have generated around this circle.
Peru21 peru21.pe
09 Feb 2012
Location: Lambayeque, Peru - Map It

Grey heron tests positive for H5 virus

Preliminary testing of a dead grey heron found in Yuen Long has tested positive for the H5 avian influenza virus, a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (February 10), adding that further confirmatory tests are being conducted.

The carcass of the grey heron was found and collected in grassland near Shan Pui River, Nam Sang Wai Road, Yuen Long, on February 8. The grey heron is a common winter visitor.

7th Space Interactive - 7thspace.com
10 Feb 2012
Location: Yuen Long, Hong Kong - Map It


Council concerned about wetlands bird deaths

The Christchurch City Council, NIWA and Fish and Game New Zealand are working collaboratively to determine the cause of birdlife deaths at Christchurch's oxidation ponds and other wetland areas in the eastern parts of the City.

In recent weeks a number of birds have been found dead along the banks of the oxidation ponds located at the Christchurch wastewater treatment plant.Investigations by local ornithologists and vets at Massey University are now being conducted.

The initial diagnosis of the deaths is Avian botulism, a natural phenomena which has occurred around the world and in New Zealand wetland areas.

Voxy News - www.voxy.com
09 Feb 2012
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand - Map It



Photo courtesy of The Guardian feature The Week in Wildlife

  • Dolphins strand in Barnstable Harbor [Of a total of 152 confirmed strandings by common dolphins on Cape Cod since Jan. 12... The Barnstable stranding is the first one this far west.][Barnstable Harbor, Massachusetts, USA - Map It ]
  • Disease-spreading mosquito found in UK after 60 years [A species of mosquito suspected of transmitting West Nile virus to humans in Europe has been discovered in the marshes of north Kent and south Essex....WNV has never been found in the UK and there is no known current risk to humans]

It Ain't All Bad

Photo courtesy of
The Cornell Lab Ornithology

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