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Friday, June 12, 2015

California Sea Lion Strandings A 15 Minute Video

2015 has seen more strandings than 2004 to 2014 combined. Lots of stressors on the ocean, one of the them is radiation and heavy metals. May 2015 – OCEAN HEALTH – The waters of the Pacific off the coast of California are a clear, shimmering blue today, so transparent it’s possible to see the sandy bottom below. Viewing the ocean from the state’s famous craggy headlands, it’s impossible to know that the ocean’s unusual clarity is hiding a cruel beauty: clear water is a sign that the ocean is turning into a desert, and the chain reaction that causes that bitter clarity is perhaps most obvious on the beaches of the Golden State, where thousands of emaciated sea lion pups are stranded. followed by this: “Tuesday’s leak is plaguing the same coastline that saw hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil flow into the bay in a 1969 spill that killed thousands of sea birds and many marine mammals…” a telling statement… you don’t suppose… noooo….

MASS ANIMAL DEATH LIST = continually updated = 352 Known MASS Death Events in 62 Countries (or Territory)

And here is some basic research presenters from the "Researchers That Be"

2014-2015 Pacific Anomalies

Science and Technology Workshop 1, May 5-6, 2015

Unusual ocean weather and climate patterns have been observed throughout 2014 and early 2015 across the North Pacific basin. Areas of the North Pacific have been as much as 5°C warmer than average, earning the nickname ‘the blob’ in the US northeast, and affecting weather and climate patterns. Extreme conditions in physical and biogeochemical parameters are occurring in many locations, and appear to be impacting pelagic ecosystems, including fisheries. Two workshops are designed to understand the timing and scale of these anomalous oceanographic conditions in the North Pacific, with the intent of maximizing our global and coastal ocean observing systems to deliver information to meet societal needs. The first workshop, held on May 5-6, 2015 at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, Ca,  generated a series of research and development questions and issues related to these anomalies. The second, follow-up workshop, proposed for late October or November, 2015,  will aim to improve our understanding of how these significant oceanographic variations arose, their impact on our water, weather, and economic well-being, and ways in which we can potentially improve predictive capabilities.

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