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Unexplained Mysteries

  • 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.

  • Magnetic Anomaly Appears Above Giant Clouds

    This is a very strange-looking cloud formation over a huge cumulonimbus cloud.

    Mysterious cloud formation appears over Ashville, Alabam on August 9, 2020. Picture:Facebook J. Smith / J. Spann

    The images were shot off of I-59 and the large cloud with its three small dancing twisters atop was coming through Ashville, Alabama.

    James Spann stated: “For those asking, I do not have a good explanation. Seems like some kind of pileus cap trying to form, but I have not seen look them like this before.

  • Unprecedented numbers of birds are falling from the sky, New Mexico

    Over the past few weeks, various species of migratory birds are dying in “unprecedented” numbers of unknown causes. 

    And this growing number of birds in southern New Mexico that have mysteriously died have wildlife experts scratching their heads.

    It is terribly frightening,” Desmond said. “We’ve never seen anything like this. … We’re losing probably hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of migratory birds.

    In August, large numbers of birds were found dead at White Sands Missile Range and at the White Sands National Monument in what was thought to be an isolated incident, Desmond said. 

    After that, however, came reports of birds behaving strangely and dying in numerous locations in Doña Ana County, Jemez Pueblo, Roswell, Socorro and other locations statewide.

    The affected birds have included warblers, sparrows, swallows, blackbirds, flycatchers, and the western wood pewee.

    The biologists noted that the majority of the dying birds are insectivores, but that seed eaters were sickening and dying as well.

    A number of these species are already in trouble,” Desmond said. “They are already experiencing huge population declines and then to have a traumatic event like this is – it’s devastating.” 

    Only on Saturday, 300 bird carcasses were discovered at Knox Hall on the university of New Mexico main campus.

    The day before, residents living around also found birds behaving strangely and gathering in large groups before dying. 

    People have been reporting that the birds look sleepy … they’re just really lethargic,” Cutler said. “One thing we’re not seeing is our resident birds mixed in with these dead birds. We have resident birds that live here, some of them migrate and some of them don’t, but we’re not getting birds like roadrunners or quail or doves.” 

    On the other hand, numerous migratory species are dying rapidly and it is not immediately clear why, although the cause appears to be recent.

    Biologists said the birds had moulted, replacing their feathers in preparation for their flight south, “and you have to be healthy to do that; but somewhere after that, as they initiated their migratory route, they got in trouble.

    The biologists guessed the cause might involve the wildfires ravaging the western U.S. and dry conditions in New Mexico.

    They may have been pushed out before they were ready to migrate,” Desmond said. “They have to put on a certain amount of fat for them to be able to survive the migration. These birds migrate at night and they get up in the jet stream, and they might migrate for three nights in succession, they’ll come down and they’ll feed like crazy, put on more fat and go again.” 

    The birds will be sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Ore. for further analysis.

    Over 3 billion birds have died since 1970. Insect populations are crashing, and this is just an unprecedented mortality…”

    Update:

    A growing number of birds in southern New Mexico that have mysteriously died have wildlife experts scratching their heads.

    “It appears to be an unprecedented and a very large number,” said Martha Desmond, a professor at NMSU’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology. “It’s very difficult to put a finger on exactly what that number is, but I can say it would easily be in the hundreds of thousands of birds.”

    Desmond is working with a group of wildlife experts from the Bureau of Land Management, NMSU and White Sands Missile Range to get to the bottom of why they’ve been seeing a sudden uptick in deaths. They said one potential reason could be the cold snap that passed through the state last week.

    “What is odd is the fact that we’re seeing this occur beforehand and we’re seeing it occur since then,” Desmond said.

    Environmental conditions like droughts could have also played a part in the deaths.

    “It can be related to some of the drought conditions. It could also be related to the fires in the west. There may have been some damage to these birds in their lungs.  It may have pushed them out early when they weren’t ready to migrate,” Desmond said.

    Other researchers across the state are also exploring different theories because they said this phenomenon is not normal.

    “On the missile range we might in a week find, get a report of less than half a dozen birds,” said Trish Butler, a wildlife biologist at White Sands Missile Range. “This last week we’ve had a couple hundred, so that really got our attention.”

    People can help wildlife officials by reporting any groups of dead birds on the iNaturalist app.

    “If people can, we would ask that they collect the birds, use gloves or a bag to pick it up,” Desmond said. “We don’t advocate touching the birds with their hands. Bag them, double bag them and put them in the freezer.”

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