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Mysterious Events

  • Birds Fall From the Sky in the Thousands Across Europe

    Birds literally fall dead from the sky across Europe, and nobody knows why.

    Thousands of dead swallows and swifts in Greece

    Scientists believe high winds over the last three days have killed or gravely injured thousands of swallows and swifts, migrating from Africa to Europe.

    The carcasses have been found in the streets of Athens, on apartment balconies in the capital, on Aegean islands and around a lake close to the seaport of Nauplia in the Peloponnese. Here a video of the living birds:

    The situation has been described as a major disaster.

    High wind, really? [Guardian]

    Hundreds of dead herons in Turkey

    The dead birds were found near the village of Köprışık.

    Residents and officials are scared as nobody really knows what’s behind the massive die-off.

    Pesticides? Poisoning? Bird flu? Samples are being analysed right now. [ajanimo]

    200 dead ducks in Denmark

    About 200 dead ducks have been found along the beaches on Læsø, Denmark and everybody is wondering if they died of bird flu. This is completely unheard of on the island.

    Four of the dead ducks have been tested for avian influenza, but all tested negative.

    So what’s behind this new mass die-off in Denmark? [TV2 Nord]

    1000 dead birds in the streets of Rome

    On February 5, 2020, hundreds of dead birds covered parts of Viale del Policlinico.

    Again, according to officials, the birds died when a tree collapsed due to strong winds across the capital city. [Bufale]

    So there is a clear increase in birds mysteriously dying and falling from the sky. But nobody really can’t tell the cause of these massive mass die-offs.

  • Lake Suddenly Turns Red in Paraguay Baffling Residents

    A small lake located between Loma Plata and Filadelfia, Paraguay, turned RED, surprising local residents.

    According to experts, the color change is due to a natural phenomenon.

    A few weeks ago, the director of Wildlife of the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development (Mades), Nora Neris, commissioned a technical team to analyse samples of water that mysteriously turned RED overnight, baffling local residents

    The water reservoir is situated on a farm located about nine kilometers south of this district of the department of Boquerón in the city of Loma Plata.

    Neighboring small lakes (within a radius of approximately 500 meters) did not change colors and had excellent values ​​regarding the ecological balance.

    In the below video, Rosa Morel, director of the Environment Laboratory of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, explains the cause of the red water in the reservoir:

    Officials believe the phenomenon is natural and due to the current drought and lack of oxygen in the water which pushes the blooming of red algae, thus changing the color of the water to BLOOD. What do you think is the cause?

  • Lonar Crater Lake Turns Red Overnight, India

    The colour of water in Maharashtra’s Lonar lake, formed after a meteorite hit the Earth some 50,000 years ago, has changed to red.

    And now scientists are investigating why this 78-hectare-large lake, situated in the world’s largest basaltic impact crater, has changed color overnight.

    The 77.69 hectare lake area is part of the Lonar sanctuary that totals 3.66sqkm. It is famous as the world’s largest basaltic impact crater. Two other similar ones are in Dhala and Ramgarh in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan respectively but both are relatively unknown.

    Of late, the bright pink color has not only surprised locals, but also nature enthusiasts and scientists.

    Experts say this is not the first time that the crater lake’s water turned pink, but this time the color is so bright.

    Officials attribute the sudden change in color to the high salinity and presence of algae in the water body:

    There are algae in the water body. The salinity and algae can be responsible for this change.”

    There is no oxygen below one meter of the lake’s water surface. There is an example of a lake in Iran, where water becomes reddish due to an increase in salinity.

    The level of water in the Lonar lake is currently low in comparison to the few past years and there is no rain to pour fresh water in it.

    The low level of water may lead to increased salinity and change in the behaviour of algae because of atmospheric changes…this may be the reason for colour change. This is not the first time that the colour of water has changed.”

    In case of a natural phenomenon, there are fungi which generally give a greenish colour to water most of the times. This (the current colour change) seems to be a biological change in the Lonar crater.”

    The Lonar Lake Formation

    The Lonar Impact Crater Lake lies within the only known extraterrestrial impact crater found within the great Deccan Traps, a huge basaltic formation in India.

    Lonar Lake was created by the impact of either a comet or of an asteroid, which impacted from the east, at an angle of 35 to 40 degrees, 52,000 – 570,000 years ago.

    The Smithsonian Institution, the United States Geological Survey, Geological Survey of India, the University of Sagar and the Physical Research Laboratory have conducted extensive studies of the site.A 2019 study, conducted by IIT Bombay found that the minerals, in the lake soil, are very similar to the minerals found in moon rocks brought back during the Apollo Program.

  • Mosquitoe tornadoes form in Kamchatka

    There are so many mosquitoes right now in Ust-Kamchatsk, Kamchatka, Russia, that they build columns in the sky, ressembling damaging tornadoes.

    A resident of Kamchatka posted a video showing hordes of mosquitoes building columns in the sky over the village of Ust-Kamchatsk in Kamchatska, Russia.

    And he added: “See how they move smoothly. It’s like aliens, like in a horror movie. Exactly.

    The video is indeed really impressive and shows thousands of mosquitoes uniting in giant ‘insect tornadoes’ and spinning across the sky, shocking skywatchers.

    Although recurrent, the strange phenomenon is stronger than usual. All windows, houses and cars were covered with mosquitoes. And some residents didn’t move from their homes for at least three days.

    Moreover, the invasion normaly lasts 2-3 days. But this year, the phenomenon has lasted for more than 10 days. It’s a real invasion! A plague!

    But, these are actually male mosquitoes. The good news is that they don’t bite. The bad news is that they are millions and kind of annoying for driving your bike or car. Imagine those insects flying during almost two weeks into your nose, ears and mouth.

  • Mysterious Chinese seed packets showing up across the U.S.

    • At least 27 states have reported finding mysterious shipments of seeds from China. 
    • The USDA on Tuesday warned people against planting the potentially invasive or harmful specimens. 
    • A scientist told The New York Times that in addition to invasive species, the seeds could contain pathogens or insects. 

    Dozens of US states have reported mysterious seeds showing up in packages from China and are warning citizens not to plant them because they could be an invasive species.

    The US Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that it was investigating the unsolicited packages of seeds reported by at least 27 states and urged anyone who receives them to contact local agricultural officials.

    "Please hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from your State department of agriculture or APHIS contacts you with further instructions," the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said in a press release. "Do not plant seeds from unknown origins."

    The agency also said the packages were likely a "brushing scam," in which consumers are sent packages and a company then forges positive reviews of the products.

    But they could also quickly become an ecological disaster.

    "An invasive plant species might not sound threatening, but these small invaders could destroy Texas agriculture," Sid Miller, Texas' agriculture commissioner, said in a press release.

    And scientists agree — that's why the USDA has such strict rules on importing plants and other organic materials.

    "The reason that people are concerned is — especially if the seed is the seed of a similar crop that is grown for income and food, or food for animals — that there may be plant pathogens or insects that are harbored in the seed," Carolee Bull, a professor with Penn State's Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology program, told The New York Times.

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