Hexavalent chromium (chromium-6) was just found in 75% of drinking water… the mass chemical suicide of America is under way
Friday, September 23, 2016
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
(NaturalNews) An Environmental Working Group review of government water analysis data reveals that 75% of drinking water in America is contaminated with cancer-causing hexavalent chromium (also known as chromium-6). In a widely publicized report, EWG warns that 200 million Americans are right now being exposed to this toxic chemical in their water.
This is on top of our own efforts at EPAwatch.org where my lab tested hundreds of municipal water samples from across the country and found high levels of lead and other heavy metals in 6.7% of samples.
Yet another problem is hexavalent chromium, which is used in industrial operations such as chrome plating and the manufacturing of plastics and dyes. It has been linked to liver and kidney damage in animals as well as to leukemia, stomach cancer, and other cancers. Hexavalent Chromium has been found in the tap water of thirty-one out of thirty-five cities sampled. Of these cities, twenty-five had levels that exceeded safety standards. Sadly, even if your water is not contaminated with any of these substances, it may still be unsafe to drink. – The Great American Health Hoax – The Surprising Truth About Modern Medicine by Raymond Francis
America’s infrastructure collapsing into Third World status
As Donald Trump said recently at a rally in Michigan, we used to make cars in Flint and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now the cars are being made in Mexico, and you can’t drink the water in Flint. Nor can you safely drink public water almost anywhere in America, as it’s almost universally contaminated with chromium-6, heavy metals or other toxic chemicals.
This doesn’t even cover the deliberate poisoning of public water systems with fluoride, a neurotoxic chemical purchased in bulk from Chinese chemical plants (or sometimes acquired as a waste product from fertilizer manufacturing factories). Fluoride is dumped into public water supplies under the quack science claim that every person in the nation is deficient in fluoride — a blatantly false and highly irresponsible claim. In reality, many children suffer from fluorosis, a dark mottling and discoloration of the teeth caused by too much exposure to toxic fluoride.
Avoid fluoride. A highly toxic metal, fluoride accumulates in certain areas of the brain (the pineal gland and hippocampus) and has been shown to significantly lower IQ and interfere with memory and complex brain functions. Studies have shown that even concentrations of 0.5 parts per million (ppm) can damage cells and microvessels in the brain. Yet, 60 percent of our public drinking water is fluorinated at higher levels of 1 to 1.3 ppm. – Dr. Blaylock’s Prescriptions for Natural Health – 70 Remedies for Common Conditions by Russell L. Blaylock
What’s astonishing in all this is just how quickly America’s infrastructure is collapsing into “Third World” status under the rule of a corrupt political establishment. The education system has become nothing more than a propaganda indoctrination system; the food supply is inundated with unlabeled GMOs and toxic herbicides like glyphosate; and now the water is too toxic to drink almost everywhere.
California, a corrupt regime run by incompetent communists and “progressive” idiots, went right along with the toxic chemical industry to allow an astonishing 500 times higher levels of chromium-6 than what’s known to be safe.
From the EWG report:
The California scientists based their public health goal of 0.02 parts per billion solely on protecting people from cancer and other diseases. Public health goals are not legally enforceable, but legal limits are supposed to be set as close as possible to health goals “while considering cost and technical feasibility.”But the California Department of Public Health relied on a flawed analysis that exaggerated the cost of treatment and undervalued the benefits of stricter regulation, and adopted a legally enforceable limit of 10 parts per billion.
But, wait… according to the lunatics selling contaminated “superfoods,” chromium-6 is all just fine because it’s “naturally occurring”…
Adding even more lunacy and catastrophic humor to this issue, there exist some highly unethical superfood / raw foods companies that claim eating heavy metals is GOOD for you because lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium are all “naturally occurring.”
Well then, according to the EPA, chromium-6 causes cancer and it’s also “naturally occurring.” I guess that means you’re supposed to drink more, right? From the EPA website:
Chromium-6 occurs naturally in the environment from the erosion of natural chromium deposits. It can also be produced by industrial processes. There are demonstrated instances of chromium being released to the environment by leakage, poor storage, or inadequate industrial waste disposal practices.
I guess soon, you’ll see Whole Foods carrying a brand new “superfood” product called “VitaChromium Six,” promoted by a young, hyperactive nitwit guru with an obedient following of brainwashed (and brain damaged) worshippers who don’t realize they’re all members of a chemical suicide cult. (Yeah, I said it.)
Who needs to drink the Kool-Aid when you’ve got super nutritious VitaChromium Six on sale at Whole Foods?
If you aren’t filtering your water, you’re committing chemical suicide
After becoming aware of all the toxic metals and chemicals in the drinking water these days, if you aren’t filtering your water with a reputable, lab-verified water filter, you’re basically participating in the chemical suicide of humanity.
Fortunately, the solution is very simple: Buy and use a reputable water filter!
At my online store, we sell the lab-verified Big Berkey gravity filter, which also doubles as an emergency system requiring no electricity whatsoever.
I’ve also personally tested and helped launch the AquaTru countertop filter, which removes chromium-6 and hundreds of other toxic chemicals and heavy metals.
Finally, if you want to test the heavy metals in your own water (or your supplements or even your hair!), check out this heavy metals test kit we offer, which analyzes your sample for 20 elements, including heavy metals and various trace minerals. (The kit does not, however, quantitate chromium-6.)
BOTTOM LINE: When illegal aliens walk across the wide open border and enter America to collect unlimited free entitlement benefits, there should be a sign posted that reads, “Welcome to America. DON’T DRINK THE WATER.”
RECOMMENDED READING: The Coming Collapse of Western Civilization — a preparedness guide from NewsTarget and Natural News.
(NaturalNews) Pardon the bluntness of this article, but it is now obvious that American society is breaking down into social chaos characterized by racially motivated black-on-white mob violence. As much as I have repeatedly called for peace and unity among all citizens to realize the TRUE enemy is a corrupt, criminal government, there are still sectors of society where so-called “Black Lives Matter” rioters have become de facto Black Power terrorists who are deliberately hunting down and targeting white people for beatdowns and murder. (See shocking video, below.)
To these BLM rioters / terrorists, white people are nothing more than game targets to be hunted and destroyed for the sheer joy of it. This is what Obama’s America has now come to.
Although I repeat my call for peace and calm among all citizens, until the manipulated, brainwashed “social justice warriors” wake up and realize that their real enemies are George Soros, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — not Citizen Whitey McWhite — we need to have a serious discussion about divine rights, self-defense and the carrying of legal firearms to halt violence and save lives when the police can’t reach you in time. This advice applies to every law-abiding citizen regardless of their skin color, religion or sexual orientation. All people who believe in the divine right to life, liberty and happiness also deserve to protect themselves from extreme violence.
Make no mistake: Guns save lives when wielded by law-abiding citizens. And if you ever needed one more reason to buy and carry a loaded weapon in self-defense, witness this video from Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars. It depicts the complete breakdown of civil society into a violent race war carried out by Black Lives Matter rioters who racially targeted white people for acts of extreme violence over the weekend (in Milwaukee).
This video obliterates all arguments against the right to carry weapons for self-defense.
In fact, it all but proves the need for armed citizens to defend themselves against the violent criminality of Black Lives Matter rioters, whose own behavior has now devolved into the kind of animalistic vengeance you might expect to find in collapsed third world nations run by armed despots (who carry out their acts of genocide with machetes when guns are not available).
The clip shows angry rioters chanting “black power!” before asking “is they white?” as cars slowly drive past.
“Yeah they white!” states someone else, prompting the mob to run towards the vehicle.
“Yeah they white, get their ass!” screams another.
“Hey they beatin’ up every white person!” exclaims another rioter.
“He white – beat his head – bitch!” he adds.
The footage appears to show the mob attacking cars and trying to drag out the drivers.
The footage then cuts to an upper floor window before the person shooting the video states, “I think they just beat some white bitch ass for no reason – they bust open the window.”
Local reporters were also targeted for violent assaults, including a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter, who was “thrown to the ground and punched”.
WTMJ was forced to pull its reporters from the ground altogether because of violent threats from the mob.
In another clip, rioters are seen burning down a gas station while chanting “black power!”
Watch the video here:
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How to halt acts of extreme violence that target you because of your skin color
In exactly the same way every human being has a divine right to grow food, harvest seeds, enjoy the benefits of herbal medicine and collect rainwater, every human being also has a divine right to defend one’s life against violence: rape, murder, injurious assault, etc.
While the divine right to self-defense has never diminished over the millennia of human civilization, the tools of that defense have evolved rapidly. A few hundred years ago, self-defense might have been accomplished by carrying a steel sword or knife (and knowing how to use it). Today, the most effective tools for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves against extreme violence are, of course, firearms.
It is ironic that the liberal white people most likely to be beat to death by BLM gangs in America’s inner cities are the very same people who “don’t believe in guns” in the first place. There’s a twisted kind of social injustice found in that failed philosophy, by the way. Someone’s refusal to “believe” in guns doesn’t stop angry BLM mobs from smashing in their white faces with baseball bats, you may have noticed. Fascinatingly, kinetic weapons do not require “belief” to function. They operate on cause and effect (i.e. the laws of physics, not mysticism or faith).
When it comes to halting violence, I don’t wave magic wands, call for a lighting strike from God or dial 911 and pray. Instead, I deploy a kinetic weapon that’s guaranteed to function as long as the laws of physics remain intact. That’s a pretty safe bet, by the way. If the laws of physics stop working, we’re all toast anyway.
Call the police AFTER you’re safe (and have time to reload)
When the government can’t protect you, a Remington shotgun can. Or a loaded Glock pistol, for that matter. Let there be no question whatsoever that any group of violent, racist rioters who are targeting people for their skin color and dragging them out of their vehicles for violent beatdowns can be justifiably shot on sight by those who refuse to be their victims, all in full compliance with not only the laws of the land but also the laws of morality and ethics.
You don’t shoot these people to cause them injury or harm, by the way. This isn’t an act of vengeance. You shoot to halt their actions because you have no other choice, and you thereby spare yourself and others from being seriously harmed or killed by them. Shooting someone as a last ditch act of self-defense is really an act of tough love in defense of innocent life. Sometimes you have to destroy a bad person to protect good people.
Or, as military snipers sometimes say, “GOOD people sometimes have to do BAD things to BAD people.” Hence the Glock G19 Gen4, arguably the No. 1 self-defense weapon of choice for men and women alike. The number of rapes, murders and beatdowns that have been stopped by the G19 is beyond counting.
Here’s another look at what “social justice warriors” are doing in America’s cities: Looting… screaming… lawless mayhem. This is what Obama and decades of failed liberal economic policies have brought to the doorstep of modern society:
If you’re not armed yet, you’re not ready for the next phase of Obama’s race war rioting / martial law / national emergency
If you aren’t yet carrying a loaded firearm for self-defense, get armed up NOW as long as it’s legal in your area. Get trained and proficient, too. Know how to clear jams, stovepipes, double feeds, dud rounds and so on. If you can’t keep your gun up and running in a real fight, you’re not ready to carry it.
Remember: Obama’s long-planned race ware is now activated, meaning there will be a whole lot more race-based violence across America’s cities… and of course all the “social justice” warriors — who are really violent, racist, hate-filled bigots and raging mindless animals — are going to be targeting WHITE people for their killings. It’s the ultimate hate crime, judging people solely on their skin color then murdering them in the name of “Black Power.” Remember, these are the same people who correctly said that the lynching and murder of black people in the name of “WHITE POWER” was horrific. And they were right! All racial violence is wrong! But now, apparently, all that murder and mayhem is perfectly okay as long as it’s done in the name of BLACK POWER. Hmmm… that’s pretty f’d up, if you ask me. Why can’t we just say “All Lives Matter” and stop shooting each other in the name of “justice” of any kind?
If you carry a loaded firearm for self-defense, by the way, carry a spare magazine. I’ve found the most amazing horizontal belt magazine carrier called the SHTF Gear Horizontal Magazine Carrier. It allows you to carry an extra magazine horizontally on your belt, with outstanding concealment and easy movement. I’ve carried a spare .40 magazine in this exact pouch for about two years now, and it’s still holding up.
Remember, much of today’s violence is being carried out by racist, angry, bigoted HATE MOBS, not just individuals. This means you will likely need to reload. Don’t get caught with only one magazine in your gun. Like I always say in my tactical handgun classes, if they ever find me beat to death by an angry mob, there are going to be shell casings and empty magazines (and lots of dead m—er f—ers) all over the place, because I’m not dying with a round still in the chamber, got me? Yeah, some angry mob might eventually overpower me, but it’s gonna cost ’em dearly in the process. (Clint Eastwood was right. Stop being such a pu–y and learn how to deal with the real world as an adult.)
How to shoot to STOP violent criminals
Sadly, most people who own guns never quite learn how to use them very effectively. If you’re going to act in self-defense as a last resort to save lives and halt violence, you need to act decisively to halt the threat as quickly as possible.
Those of us who are trained in tactical handgun combat at the advanced levels are actually trained to shoot the pelvis, not the chest, because shattering someone’s pelvis immediately causes them to crumple to the ground. And that’s the entire purpose of shooting someone in self-defense: To STOP their assault and thereby protect lives.
If you shoot someone in the chest, they can keep charging in your direction (and often do). If you shoot them in the pelvis with a hollow point or rifle round, they are usually out of the fight almost instantly, which affords you more time to take out their fellow criminals who are also probably trying to murder you. Rookie cops are often trained to shoot center body mass only because it’s the simplest way to teach beginner marksmanship to newbies. Veteran cops know that shooting the pelvis is a far more effective way to stop the threat. Also, as a tactical bonus, very few people wear pelvis body armor (or steel underwear). But chest body armor is common among some criminals.
SUMMARY: The open streets are not your stupid SAFE SPACE
Forget your “safe spaces” and “social justice” delusions. When an angry mob (of any skin color) deliberately targets another group of people for the color of their skin and seeks to carry out acts of extreme violence against them, the correct solution isn’t “social justice” but rather HALTING their violence as quickly as possible. This is a universal principle, and it applies to a mob of white people trying to lynch a black person just as much as it applies to a mob of black people trying to beat white people to death.
There is no circumstance under which mob violence against racially targeted victims is acceptable in any kind of lawful society. In all such cases, those who carry out acts of such extreme hatred and violence must be immediately stopped, either by law enforcement or by armed, responsible citizens packing hollow point ammo in their Glocks and Colts. When the police finally show up to document the aftermath of the incident, make no mistake that they will be thanking the citizens who opened fire and stopped the violent criminals from harming yet more people.
I wish all Natural News readers health and safety, and I urge you to wake up and open your eyes to what’s actually happening to America due to the democrats’ desire for absolute chaos, murder and mayhem before the coming election. It’s gonna get a whole lot worse before November, and I don’t want any of you to be victims of this senseless violence. (Your intelligence and wisdom will be needed to help rebuild America after Trump gets elected.)
If you believe in saving lives and preventing violence, then you automatically believe in self-defense. Now it’s time to ACT ON IT and arm yourself in the defense of your divine life and your right to safety.
P.S. You can order a Glock handgun at Buds Gun Shop and have it shipped to your local FFL dealers, where you will be subjected to all the usual FBI background checks, etc. (You can’t actually buy a gun on the internet. It gets shipped to a dealer, then you pick it up there after going through the background checks.)
If you don’t know which Glock is right for you, buy one of each!
While you’re waiting for your Glock to arrive, read NewsTarget.com to stay informed on exactly why you might need it.
TV: “Truly unsettling” discovery at Fukushima… problem “far greater than previously thought” — Boss reveals 600 tons of fuel melted, can’t find it — Top Official: “Nobody really knows where fuel is”… We may never be able to get it and just leave wherever — “Uncontrollable fission” is continuing under site (VIDEO)
Published: June 2nd, 2016 at 1:18 am ET
ABC Australia, May 24, 2016 (emphasis added): [ABC’s Mark Willacy] has been invited on a tour of [Fukushima Daiichi]… What Willacy discovers is truly unsettling… retrieving hundreds of tonnes of melted nuclear fuel turns out to be far greater than previously thought.
ABC Australia transcript excerpts, May 24, 2016:
Willacy: Tonight we go on a journey into the heart of this ongoing crisis… and we reveal the frightening enormity of the clean-up… and how dangerous it still is.
Gregory Jaczko, former Chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission: This really is unchartered territory. Nobody really knows where the fuel is… There’s no playbook – they’re making this up as they go along.
Willacy: The man in charge of decontaminating and decommissioning the Fukushima plant, Naohiro Masuda. Has anything like this ever been attempted before?
Masuda: There has never been an accident at a nuclear plant like the one at Fukushima where three reactors had meltdowns. We are currently working on a timetable to decommission the reactors over the next 30 to 40 years.
Naoto Kan, Former Prime Minister: I think it will take longer… This is a major accident, which has never happened anywhere in the world… 40 years is an optimistic view.
Willacy: We are heading to the buildings housing the melted reactors… Tepco is worried about possible nuclear terrorism, and won’t allow us to film certain security sites.
Masuda: This is a job we’ve never done and there is no textbook.
Willacy: [At Reactor 3 there was an] explosion right after the nuclear fuel melted… What happened inside [Reactor 2] no-one really knows… [Reactor 1] is where probably the worst meltdown occurred. They don’t know where the nuclear fuel is.
Masuda: We haven’t actually seen where the melted fuel fell, so it’s important to find it as soon as possible.
Willacy: For the first time, Foreign Correspondent can reveal just how vast the amount of melted nuclear fuel is, the three molten blobs that lie somewhere deep within each of these buildings.
Masuda: It’s estimated that 200 tonnes of debris lies within each unit… 600 tonnes of melted debris fuel and a mixture of concrete and other metals are likely to be here.
Willacy: The most daunting task, one the nuclear industry has never faced, is getting the melted fuel out. TEPCO admits the technology it needs hasn’t been invented.
Jaczko: It may be possible that we’re never able to remove the fuel. You may just wind up having to leave it there and somehow entomb it as it is. I mean that’s certainly a possibility. There is no playbook, they’re making this up as they go along.
Kan: If all the reactors had had a meltdown, there was a risk that half or all of Japan could have been destroyed… the accident took us to the brink of destruction.
Jaczko: You have to now accept that in all nuclear power plants… there’s a chance you can have this kind of a very catastrophic accident… that’s the reality of nuclear power.
ABC Australia, May 24, 2016: Fukushima clean-up chief still hunting for 600 tonnes of melted radioactive fuel… [TEPCO] has revealed that 600 tonnes of reactor fuel melted during the disaster, and that the exact location of the highly radioactive blobs remains a mystery… [C]hief of decommissioning at Fukushima, Naohiro Masuda, said the company hoped to… begin removing it from 2021… “But unfortunately, we don’t know exactly where (the fuel) is” [said Masuda]. [Gregory Jaczko, Chairman of the US NRC] at the time of the meltdowns at Fukushima doubts the fuel can be retrieved… “Nobody really knows where the fuel is… It may be possible that we’re never able to remove the fuel. You may just have to wind up leaving it there and somehow entomb it as it is.”… For the first time, TEPCO has revealed just how much of the mostly uranium fuel melted down… [Masuda said] “about 600 tonnes of melted debris fuel and a mixture of concrete and other metals are likely to be there.”
RT, May 24, 2016: 600 tons of melted radioactive Fukushima fuel still not found, clean-up chief reveals… [The fuel] burnt through the respective reactor pressure vessels, concentrating somewhere on the lower levels of the station… fuel from Reactor 1 poured out completely… the exact location of the highly radioactive “runaway” fuel remains mystery for TEPCO. The absolutely uncontrollable fission of the melted nuclear fuel assemblies continue somewhere under the remains of the station… [TEPCO’s] plan for Fukushima nuclear power plant implies a 30-40 year period… Yet experts doubt the present state of technology is sufficient to deal with the unprecedented technical task.
Watch ABC Australia’s broadcast here
Nuclear Expert: Fukushima “like the worst nightmare becoming reality” — Released as much as 1,000 atomic bombs worth of radioactive material — “Everyone on earth has been exposed… an increase in cancer will be the result”
Published: March 11th, 2016 at 10:06 am ET
Interview with nuclear engineer Hiroaki Koide (translation by Prof. Robert Stolz, transcription by Akiko Anson), published Mar 8, 2016 (emphasis added):
As for the scale of the [Fukushima] accident… we simply don’t know… all the measuring equipment was destroyed at the time of the accident…
The Japanese government has reported estimates [of] 1.5×10^16 Becquerels of Cs-137, which would make it a release of 168 times more radioactive material than the Hiroshima bombing. And this is only material released into the atmosphere…
But I myself think the government’s numbers are an underestimate. Various experts and institutes from around the world have offered several of their own estimates… some two or three times higher than the government’s numbers. According to these other estimates I think that the release of Cs-137 into the atmosphere could be around 500 times the Hiroshima bombing.
What has been washed into the sea… is likely not much different from the levels released into the atmosphere. Even today we are unable to prevent this release. And so if we combine the amount of Cs-137 released in the air and the ocean together, we get an estimate several hundred times the Hiroshima levels. And some estimates suggest the Fukushima accident could be as much as one-thousand Hiroshimas…
The amount released into the atmosphere from the explosion during the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant was 800 to 1000 times the Hiroshima levels. Put simply, these estimates place Fukushima on par with Chernobyl…
[T]he radioactive material released from Fukushima has been dispersed across the globe… everyone on earth has been exposed to additional radiation… An increase in cancer will be the result…
Not a single nuclear expert or policy maker ever seriously considered the possibility of an accident like this… I had been commenting on the possibility, referring to some results of simulations. But still I would have thought the kind of disaster that happened at Fukushima was some kind of impossible nightmare―yet it actually happened. It was like the worse nightmare becoming a reality… all those pronuclear people surely never gave it a moment’s thought. And so when it actually happened, no one had thought about, let alone built a system to deal with it.
Asia-Pacific Journal, Mar 2016: As we learn in this wide-ranging and important interview [with Hiroaki Koide], the accident often referred to as 3/11 was enormous and in many ways unprecedented. The full scope of the disaster is still unknown, but is clearly on the scale of Chernobyl, placing the amount of radioactive material released… up to 1,000 times the Hiroshima bombing of 1945.
See also: Japan Professor: I believe airborne release of cesium-137 from Fukushima equals 400 to 500 Hiroshima nuclear bombs — Another 400 to 500 bombs worth has already flowed into Pacific Ocean (VIDEO):
Officials: “Historic crisis” along US West Coast… “We’re facing a fishery disaster”… “Very never-seen-before things”… Should be exclamation alarm to public — Extinction threat for salmon runs; Loss of sardines, squid, sea urchins, kelp; Massive sea star deaths; Marine mammal strandings… more
Published: February 23rd, 2016 at 9:37 am ET
Press Democrat, Feb 11, 2016 (emphasis added): Scientists and lawmakers foresee grim outlook for California’s ocean fisheries… the outlook is overwhelmingly grim, presenters said at an annual forum of the joint legislative Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Something’s going on in the ocean, and it’s not right, and it doesn’t fit our historical understandings,” California Fish and Wildlife Director Chuck Bonham told members of the committe… Bonham noted stretches of coastline suddenly barren of sea urchins… [N]umerous anomalies… are growing increasingly apparent, Bonham said. “This should be an… alarm to the general public”… Bonham said… [S]everal witnesses Thursday forecast what most in the industry already have anticipated: a collapse, or near collapse, of key salmon runs in the state… “I cannot say this more bluntly,” [State Senator Mike McGuire] said. “We are facing a fishery disaster here in California”… U.S. Department of Commerce [is] considering a request by Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a fishery disaster…
Ocean Beach Rag, Feb 18, 2016: California’s Crab and Salmon Fisheries Threatened By Historic Crisis… [O]fficials testified about the dire situation that the salmon and crab fishery is in at a recent forum at the State Capitol… “The salmon and crab fisheries are threatened by a historic crisis. We’re facing a fishery disaster” [said Senator Mike McGuire]… “We’ve gone from abundance to scarcity… “During the last two years, we’ve lost over 95 percent of the Sacramento River winter-run chinook and over 95 percent of the fall-run Chinook.”… things are expected to be even worse this year… Something’s going on in the ocean — State officials and scientists spoke on the unprecedented changes in the ocean believed to be impacting crab, salmon and other fish populations… These include the massive deaths of sea stars, the decline of the squid fishery, the closure of the sardine fishery, the decline of kelp habitat and the loss of most of the red sea urchins north of San Francisco recently…
Mad River Union, Feb 18, 2016: Ocean behavior alarming, puzzling… The following is one of several stories about the crab and fisheries calamities… [Bonham] testified that menacing changes are altering both marine biology and ecology and the changes do not fit historical understandings of ocean behavior. Bonham declared grimly, “This should be an exclamation alarm to the general public to stay aware and engaged in the ecological change going on in the ocean.”… [M]ost of the red urchin population has perished, moving from abundance to scarcity in just a few years. “Mile-long stretches of the North Coast [are] urchin barrens,” Bonham stated… There have emerged “very never-seen-before things“… The salmon outlook remains unfavorable… The Sacramento winter run “really raises the existential threat of extinction,” he testified… [T]oxic contamination generated by algal blooms may spread well beyond crabs and urchins, raising sinister unknowns, Bonham predicted warily. “Why not more and more species one right after another?” he asked…
Daily Astorian, Feb 18, 2016: Marine mammal strandings concern experts; A humpback whale that washed ashore in Seaside was one of several strandings… In the past few weeks, a humpback whale washed ashore in Seaside, and a harbor porpoise and two striped dolphins were found on the North Coast…
See also: Sickened animals “unlike anything doctors have ever seen” on West Coast — “They’re eating themselves from the inside” — Cancers… liver, pancreas, intestines shut down — Unprecedented catastrophe to cause loss of 200,000 sea lions (VIDEO):
Scientists: West Coast bird die-off “is biggest ever recorded” — Stomachs completely empty — “Staggering… Alarming… Unheard of… Never seen anything like it” — “Unprecedented in size, scope, duration” — “Deaths could reach many hundreds of thousands” — “A host of other freakish phenomena” (VIDEO)
Published: February 4th, 2016 at 9:41 am ET
Alaska Dispatch News, Jan 29, 2016 (emphasis added): Scientists think Gulf of Alaska seabird die-off is biggest ever recorded… The mass of dead seabirds that have washed up on Alaska beaches in past months is unprecedented in size, scope and duration, a federal biologist said… The staggering die-off… is a signal that something is awry in the Gulf of Alaska, said Heather Renner, supervisory wildlife biologist at the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge… It coincides with widespread deaths of other marine animals, from whales in the Gulf of Alaska to sea lions in California… Common murres and whales… are not the only Gulf of Alaska marine animals to fall victim to ailments… Kachemak Bay saw an eight-fold increase in sea otter deaths… Sea stars in Kachemak Bay in 2015 were found stricken with a wasting disease similar.
Heather Renner, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge: “We are in the midst of perhaps the largest murre die-off ever recorded”… [In Homer] the beaches are “littered” with murre carcasses… A breeding colony in the Barren Islands that is usually teeming in late summer with adult murres tending their young was deserted this year… “nobody was home… In more than three decades of monitoring murres in the Barrens, we’ve never had complete reproduction failure before“… Similar failures occurred at some other nesting colonies.
USGS (pdf), Jan 2016: During March through September 2015, at least 25 seabird mortality events were reported across Alaska… The primary avian species reported included common and thick-billed murres, black-legged kittiwakes, horned and tufted puffins, glaucous-winged gulls, and sooty and short-tailed shearwaters… Some of these avian mortalities were concurrent with whale, pinniped, sea otter, and fish mortalities…
Alaska Public Radio, Jan 28, 2016: [T]his event will likely be the largest and most widespread on record. And seeing the starving birds dying far inland apparently searching for food is “nearly unheard of,” said USFWS’s Heather Renner.
KHNS, Jan 15, 2016: “We’re seeing the effects of this throughout the food web,” [Rob Kaler U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist] says… The murres’ stomachs are completely empty, Kaler says… Not only is the bird die-off unsettling, the implications are scary, [bird expert Pam Randles] says. “Our salmon eat that stuff and who knows what else is dying off, or starving, or having trouble?” Norm Hughes has been commercial salmon fishing in Alaska for more than 30 years. He says last season saw skinnier fish – up to 20 percent smaller… “there’s less fish”…
CNN, Jan 22, 2016: “We have never found close to 8,000 birds on a 1-mile long beach before,” [seabird biologist David Irons] said… “It is an order of magnitude larger than any records that I am aware of… Seabird biologists say seabirds are indicators of the health of the ecosystem. Now they’re dying and that is telling us something… this is bigger than I’ve ever seen.”
APRN, Jan 28, 2016: Scientists say murre die-off comparable to Exxon Valdez spill… Heather Renner with USFWS says it is already one of the largest die-offs in history and, unlike when the tanker went aground, not many people have gone out to remote beaches to survey for dead seabirds… “there’s dead murres on the ground everywhere, and it’s hard not to notice them.”
The Economist, Jan 30, 2016: [Probably hundreds] of thousands of these birds have drifted in dead… last summer they failed to raise chicks. And they have been dying in large numbers along the Pacific coast, from California to Alaska… “Whole systems are out of whack,” says Heather Renner… Old-timers in Homer have never experienced anything like this. And they are perplexed by a host of other freakish phenomena…
KTOO, Jan 28, 2016: “[T]here’s dead murres on the ground everywhere, and it’s hard not to notice them.”… The reason for the dead birds is still a mystery… “I think it suggests something more related to the food web structure,” said Renner.
Homer Tribune, Jan 2016: Irons found an estimated 7,800 dead murres on a one-mile stretch of beach… he had never seen anything like that. Similar reports came in from other areas… “The really frustrating question of why they are starving to death”… said Heather Renner… [M]urres abandoned their breeding attempts mid-season at many colonies in the Gulf of Alaska, something very uncommon.
LiveScience, Feb 3, 2016: Massive Bird Die-Off Puzzles Alaska Scientists — Dead common murres have washed ashore in Alaska in alarming numbers … leaving scientists concerned and confused… [The birds] have nothing in their stomachs… [S]imilar events affected seabird populations in Washington, Oregon and California.
CBC News, Jan 28, 2016: Bruce Wright, a senior scientist Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association… estimates up to 200,000 Alaskan murres could die. With a population he puts at more than two million, Wright said the species should recover, as long as the food base comes back.
New York Times, Jan 18, 2016: Animals Die in Large Numbers, and Researchers Scratch Their Heads… The latest victims are common murres… this die-off has surprised experts, because it has been going on for around a year and it covers such a vast area… “I still don’t think we’ve seen the worst,” said [John F. Piatt, USGS seabird expert], who… speculated that if the worst happened, the deaths could reach into the many hundreds of thousands.
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