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Update: Millions of Dead Anchovies and Sardines in SoCal Marina

March 8, 2011



High levels of domoic acid were found in the sardines, which may have distressed them off the Los Angeles coastline and caused them to swim into the Redondo Beach marina, University of Southern California biologist David Caron wrote in a summary of his laboratory’s findings which were reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Caron said that he still believes that critically low oxygen levels in the water caused the sardines to suffocate, but it’s possible the toxin may have been one explanation for why they crowded into the marina.

The California Department of Fish and Game has blamed the die-off on oxygen deprivation and is also testing fish for toxins at its animal forensics laboratory. Results are not expected until next week.

Domoic acid is often found in the stomach of fish that have been feeding on plankton during toxic algae blooms. The toxin has been linked to neurological disorders, illnesses and deaths in seabirds, sea lions, sea otters and whales.

Caron’s lab is working to determine if the poisoning was caused by a toxic algae bloom spotted off Redondo Beach on Wednesday.

The presence of the toxin in the sardines could lead to health complications for pelicans, gulls and other sea life that have been feasting on the dead fish.

“There were tons of birds feeding on these fish and it’s conceivable that we’ll see some bird mortality as a result,” Caron said.

The fish died late Monday and carpeted the water’s surface the next morning, stacking up to 2 feet deep in some places. Crews have already scooped and hauled away more than 85 tons of fish to a composting center where they will turn into fertilizer.

Bureau Report

Read more: http://www.zeenews.com/news692991.html#ixzz1GSVSVYmR

Just a note: Still no explanation as to why the fish navigated into the marina. Perhaps the water was picked up by the fish as being clean or free of toxins. As they all piled into the marina, oxygen levels dropped and then they suffocated. As more information comes to light it will be posted.


Well, look at this folks. I just reported on a big ole’ class M2 solar flare nasty thing from yesterday and guess what? More dead fish. An astute reader sent us this and i will post it as I received it.

My theory has been since this phenomena started last year (and I have posted this clearly with references), that fish and birds lose their orientation due to interference with the Earth’s magnetic field when it is impacted by an intense solar flare, solar winds, or CMEs. There are various studies on this subject and you have to dig deep, but the information is out there. BTW, I’ll accept my Nobel Prize nomination if anyone wants to make one.

The Built-In Compass – Magnetite

In a 1999 National Wildlife article research was being done to further the theory that fish and birds use something other than visual cues to navigate and repeat the same migration patterns.

When ornithologist Wolfgang Wiltschko, now a professor at the University of Frankfurt in Germany, exposed European robins to an altered magnetic field in a laboratory, they reoriented themselves to the artificial field. His discovery–which took place more than 30 years ago–opened up new lines of research into the surprising ways that birds sense and interpret magnetic information.

Like any good pilot, the bobolink carries a compass. Recent research suggests that cells in the bird’s head contain magnetite, an iron oxide crystal that aligns with magnetic north like a tiny compass needle. Scientists think these cells may serve as receptors that send directional information to the brain. Many other animals apparently also have such cells: Magnetite has been found in the heads of migratory fish, sea turtles and humpback whales. Of all the wildlife navigators, birds so far are the best studied.

Here is the second part of the equation:

One of the senses that is still switched on is vision, and Beason and other researchers have been studying how birds respond to different wavelengths of light. Beason has found that when bobolinks are exposed only to red light, they become disoriented. In green, blue or white light, however, their sense of direction remains intact. The theory is that light-sensitive pigments in the birds’ eyes serve as magnetic sensors. When green, blue or white light strikes these pigments, their electrons become energized, and the pigment molecules behave like weak magnets. The visual information is then relayed from the bird’s eyes to its brain. When deprived of those wavelengths, the bird loses its sense of direction.

Magnetism may be even more crucial for marine animals that rarely see the stars. Fin whales seek out areas of low magnetic-field intensity during the fall and winter, evidence they may use magnetism to find their way. Errors in magnetic navigation may help explain why whales sometimes strand themselves onshore; stranded pilot whales, for example, are found most often where areas of low magnetic-field intensity intersect with coastlines.

So, my theory is that intense solar activity like what we are experiencing right now during Solar 24 period, is affecting the birds and fish orientation and thus they lose their ability to navigate. It is interesting that the reports are stating the fish suffocated — I am sure they did from getting penned into the marina and they could not figure their way out. But, what got them in there in the first place? That would be their loss of navigation when the M2 solar flare started up yesterday and impacted the Earth’s magnetosphere. I will make a bet that we will see more of this in the next two days as the CME is being predicted for this period.

Here is the news link: http://newsystocks.com/news/3999262/millions-of-fish-found-dead-in-california-marina

Photo and story from Reuters click here

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — Millions of dead fish were found Tuesday floating in a Southern California marina. Boaters awakened to find a carpet of small silvery fish surrounding their vessels, said Staci Gabrielli, marine coordinator for King Harbor Marina on the Los Angeles County coast.

California Fish and Game officials believe the fish are anchovies and sardines.

Experts had yet to determine what happened, but Gabrielli said the fish appeared to have moved into the harbor to escape a red tide, a naturally occurring bloom of toxic algae that can poison fish or starve them of oxygen.

High winds overnight might then have trapped the fish in the harbor, crushing them against a wall where they used up the oxygen and suffocated, she said.

The dead fish were so thick in some places that Garbrielli said boats can’t get out of the harbor.

Source Comcast.net News

  1. March 9, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Oh so now the entire ocean is endanger of oxygen at a minimum? I guess we are running out of air too, please something else is behind all this something much more sinister.

  2. March 9, 2011 at 1:25 am

    I am aware of research on acidification of the oceans, but I am not saying that is the cause here. Reread my post and then go over and read information on Professor Wolfgang Wiltschko’s research. There are other studies that support his research. The suffocation of the fish in the marina was due to them all crowding into the closed area. The issue is why would they navigate into that area to begin with….

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