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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Thousands of Octopus Dead On Portugal Beach.

January 18, 2011 - 
“It's very strange that so many should be killed, and in such a confined area.
There is nothing in the scientific literature for this kind of
mass mortality among octopus.”

- Nuno Oliveira, Dir., Gaia Biological Park, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Since January 2, 2011, thousands of dead octopus
have washed up on a 5-mile-stretch of northern Portugal 
beach in a place called Vila Nova de Gaia. That same week between 
December 29 and January 4, thousands of birds, millions of fish and crab 
were found dead from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere.
The unprecedented large die-off of the Portugal octopus provoked authorities
to speculate it is a disease and the public has been warned not to eat
the dead creatures. Tissue samples were sent to Lisbon's veterinary
lab for testing.

An estimated 1,100 pounds of octopus all ages and sizes washed up dead Saturday and another 110 pounds Sunday, said Mike Weber, head of the Aguda coastal station in Gaia.
“That suggests that it wiped out the entire local population,” Weber told Time magazine in a story published Wednesday.
Firefighters gathered up the dead animals, with many sent for testing at a laboratory in Lisbon. Biologists have ruled out pollution as the cause of death because no other species were affected. The cause is likely some form of disease-causing parasite or bacteria, Oliveira said.
Copyright 2010 by United Press International

 Image © 2011 by BBC. More information Ecoworld.

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