Largest Outbreak of Disease in Pacific Ocean - Massive Die-offs

TV: “The largest disease outbreak that we know of ever in the oceans” now hitting West Coast — Potential for “global extinction” — “Affects over 20 species… causing catastrophic mortality” — Expert: One of history’s largest wildlife die-offs… signal in ecosystem that something’s not right (VIDEO)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IflRWWNSQ4o&feature=player_embedded
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Macleans, June 13, 2014: From Alaska to Mexico—and all along the B.C. coast—an iconic animal is disappearing. For reasons that remain baffling to scientists, starfish are dying by the millions, in the grips of a mysterious wasting disease that dissolves their bodies into goo. “I’d do beach walks along a 50-m stretch of shoreline, and count 500 or 1,000 of them,” says Chris Harley, a marine ecologist at the University of British Columbia who’s been monitoring sea stars (as scientists call them) for nearly two decades [...] Revisiting one of these sites recently, he found a single sea star. […] “This is one of the largest wildlife die-offs that we know of,” [Seattle Aquarium veterinarian Lesanna Lahner] says. “It’s a signal in the ecosystem that something’s not right.”

Eugene Weekly, June 12, 2014: “The way the rate has accelerated, I don’t think most sea stars along the Oregon coast are long for this world,” says Bruce Menge, a marine ecologist with Oregon State University.

KUOW News, June 16, 2014: “It’s a lot worse than it was last week,” says [Drew] Harvell, a marine epidemiologist at Cornell University. [...] “It’s the largest mortality event for marine diseases we’ve seen,” Harvell said. “It affects over twenty species on our coast and it’s been causing catastrophic mortality.” [...] From what Harvell and her team see as they survey beaches [of Washington's San Juan archipelago], there’s not much time for these starfish [...] “My expectation is that within the next month all of the stars will die.” The team checked this rocky patch last week and found 10 percent of the stars showed signs of the wasting syndrome. Today they estimate that number has increased to more than 40 percent. [...] Harvell said, “This area has some of the highest biodiversity of sea stars in the world. We’re not just losing one keystone species, we’re losing a whole guild of stars.” And the stars here are what’s called an endemic species, meaning they only live on this shoreline and nowhere else on the planet, she explained. If sea stars are wiped out along these shores, there’s a potential for not just local, but global extinction.

EarthFix (Oregon Public Broadcasting, KCTS9, KUOW), June 15, 2014 — Drew Harvell, Cornell University: “This is the largest disease outbreak that we know of ever in the oceans. [...] I’m expecting that in the next two weeks we will lose virtually all the stars at this site [in Washington] [...] To lose all of them at once, we don’t even know what’s going to happen.”
from: http://enenews.com/tv-largest-disease-outbreak-oceans-hitting-west-coast... http://12-21-2012.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2815156%3ABlogPost%3A25...

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natashaB: Too bad to hear that. It

Too bad to hear that. It could be food poisoning or outbreak of some virus.

bluesbaby5050: IT'S CALLED RADIATION POSIONING......and is NOT a virus........

This is the results of what radiation can do to all living biology. Check out all the links provided in this article to become informed, and updated.

bluesbaby5050: REVIEW FOR THE NEWEST MEMBERS THAT SAID THEY HAVE NOT HEARD....

OR SEEN ANY SIGNS OF DISTRUCTION TO THE SEA LIFE IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN, AND IN THE SURROUNDING AREAS. THEY ALSO STATED THAT THEY HAVE NOT SEEN, OR HEARD ABOUT THE MANY HUMAN BIRTH DEFFECTS SINCE FUKOSHIMA HAPPENED, AND ABOUT THE RADIATION THAT HAS DISTROYED LARGE AMOUNTS OF SEA LIFE IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN SINCE 2011.

pasqualie: I think its combination of the radiation poisoning

and the carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere. there was a study done to measure the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and scientists were puzzled because half of it was missing. And then they were happy because the ocean had absorbed half of it. But then they realized it was acidifying the oceans as well which mean marine and plant life were going to be dying off. Its why mussel farms along the coast were having problems. They were not reproducing. They found out the water was too acidic from the ocean, so they had to introduce buffers in their farms to get the mussels from breeding. They saying its why cod populations have not come back even though they have tight restrictions on fishing. Because the eggs are being dissolved by the acidity. Also warmer waters means less oxygen in water.

pasqualie: If the plankton goes

its gonna be bad news for humanity, it makes 60 percent of global oxygen. We already at 19 percent oxygen percentage globally, and in cities on hot days its 15. Pilots put on masks at 19 percent, and fire fighters have masks that enable them to breath at 16 percent. Throw in deforestation and the picture isnt pretty.

Lower oxygen means lower life spans, lower iq, developemental problems, more disease. Because the blood becomes more acidic.

To put in perspective mount everest is at 12 percent at high altitudes. As it drops into single digits its probably a downward spiral for the majority.

pasqualie: There are issues in marine life

Its just been around but most people are unaware of it. Either way eating seafood is a bad decision now. It has added essential minerals of cesium 137 in it now from swimming in the japanese waters and coming across to west coast shores. Granted they dumping 300 tons a day of radioactive water into the ocean so its only gonna get worse. Its estimated they will be dumping for 40 to 100 years.

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