Skip to comments.40,000 crabs join slew of animal-death mysteries
Posted on 01/06/2011 1:13:26 AM PST by speciallybland
First, it was birds falling from the sky, then thousands of dead fish washing up on shore.
Now, more than 40,000 Velvet swimming crabs have wound up dead on England beaches. The possible reason? Hypothermia.
The Thanet shoreline is littered with the crabs, along with dead starfish, lobsters, sponges and anemones.
The crabs benefit from warm seas, but when winter hits and snow covers the beaches, they just cant handle the freezing temperatures, Tony Child, Thanet Coast Project manager, told the Star.
It is a horrendous crash in the population, he said, adding similar crab deaths happened in the same place two years and five years ago.
(Excerpt) Read more at thestar.com ...
Yeahhh... damn that sun and it’s “global warming” for causing this unusually cold winter.
Al Gore’s fault
Yes, global warming. Clearly, it is time to award billions of dollars worth of “grants” to “scientists” so they can... study it... and a few zillion more to the UN so they can... whatever they do with money confiscated from working taxpayers.
Flash Freezing from ice age.
40,000 Velvet swimming crabs couldn’t make me change my mind,...
Martian Death Ray.
It’s actually more Global Weirding — weird weather like the enormous floods in normally dry australia, like hotter summers and colder winters. As the world heats us, it disrupts the Gulf stream, the current of warm water that goes from the Gulf of Mexico, along the east coast, up past the UK and the west coast of europe, touching at Murmansk in Russia. Because of this warm current, those regions don’t experience the freezing temperatures of say North Dakota or Poland or Siberia. But if the current weakens or breaks down...
What are the chances that all these dead creatures were dumped into the oceans already dead? I'm thinking these were lab experiment crabs, fish, birds. The deaths were planned.
The reason for this would be to blame BP or other oil spills.
Considering that they're mysteriously able to come up with a "body count" on short notice, especially such a large count, does raise suspicions. I mean, who's going to go out and count 40,000 dead crabs?
Paging Mark Levin. Please pick up thered Animals-Not-Persons-Rescue courtesy phone.
yeah,Gore’s fault...they didn’t provide little zip up thermal suits for the critters.....on the manatee!
The mass-animal-death reporting craze continues. Ok, now the media’s down to reporting about crab deaths. Up next, “Amoeba Population in Puddle in Front of Brooklyn Townhouse Crashes.”
Hire this magic man from the island of Siquijor.
Too bad that none of the cadavers displayed even only traces of crude oil.
So much for your conspiracy theory.
I'm sure that the figure of 40,000 was only an estimate. The scientists probably made a quick estimate of the body count based on the area covered with dead animals, and the average number of dead animals per square meter. The reporter may have also simplified the actual findings (which might have sounded something like "approx. 38,750 crabs +/- 2,500").
Trust reporters to mangle the facts.
Marine Scotland Science Internal Report 16/09
CRAB AND LOBSTER FISHERIES IN SCOTLAND:AN OVERVIEW AND RESULTS OF STOCK ASSESSMENTS,2002-2005
Aileen Mill, Helen Dobby, Anne McLay and Carlos Mesquita
The combined crab and lobster creel fishery, which was the 6th most economically important fishery in Scotland in 2006 (Scottish Government, 2006) takes several species of commercial value. The most important crab, in terms of weight and value, landed in Scotland is the edible or brown crab (Cancer pagurus) which is found all around the Scottish coast. The second most important crab species, by landed weight, is the velvet swimmer crab (Necora puber). Velvet crabs were once considered to be a pest species, and only asmall scale fishery existed for a few months in the winter. The Scottish fishery expanded in the early 1980s following the collapse of the Spanish fishery (MacMullen, 1983), to becomethe largest in Europe (Tallack, 2002), although few fishermen solely fish for velvets. Other crabs landed include red crab (Geryon quinquedens), the spinous crab (Lithodes maja) and the shore or green crab (Carcinus maenas) but these species only comprise a small proportion of the total landings (Table 1) which are often market driven and irregular(Napier, 2002).
Species * Ave. Landings 2002-05 (tonnes) * Ave. value 2002-05 (£/kg)
Brown crab * 7702.8 * 1.09
Velvet crab * 1903.5 * 1.61
Red crab * 178.7 * 1.51
Spinous crab * 0.9 * 0.36
Green crab * 287.6 * 0.50
Lobster * 376.9 * 10.67
Crawfish * 4.7 * 18.08
Norway lobster * 22535.9 * 2.60
40,000 velvet crabs have a weight of approx. 10 tons; the number of dead velvet crabs recently discovered thus represents approx. 1/2% of the annual catch in Scottish waters, alone.
Interesting. That was my hypothesis also. Low temps kill a lot more than high. In previous warmings (with historically recorded higher temps than now), crop yields were greater, humanity blossomed. With the onset of cold, things collapsed. I suspect the "Little Ice Age" saw quite a few of these "mass kills".
I wonder what the old monastery records might say about such.
Maybe they should move underground and become Velvet Underground crabs.......
I believe you are confusing the gulf loop current with the atlantic gulf stream current. The gulf loop current is quite small and insignificant when it enters the atlantic ocean -like a fraction of a percent of the gulf stream current. The gulf loop current is no warmer than the gulf stream current. Ocean currents fluctuate with the climate. Both currents are cooler and weaker right now because the climate is cooler. Although they affect large areas as you pointed out, they are like el nino in that they are secondary effects of overall climate.
South America had a very cold, record breaking winter last year and is not affected by the gulf currents. Similarly, the gulf currents are not the cause of the Northern hemisphere’s cold winter. They just aren’t helping to moderate it as much as they do in warmer years because they’re also cooler.
Or could this be Specie Jihad?
Wonder when this phenomenom will affect socialists?
The main reason for all these bird and fish deaths is that their hearts stopped beating...
Evolution sucks when it happens during your own life time.
We’re every one of us about to meet the same fate.... So What?
“Wonder when this phenomenom will affect socialists?”
During the Second Coming :)
Well if cold is gonna kill off so many animals, maybe I should be in more favor of global warming...
There’s a lot of Traffic on this thread.
Yes! But not for global warming, but his invention of the internet.
Not unusual events, just linked up and hyped via the 'net.
Actually it helps my theory if there is no crude oil on them or in them. The higher ups won't be able to blame BP.
Why not 39,798?
If they had said 7 trucks loads of dead crabs, or 400lbs were removed, I'd be more apt to believe that this was a natural occurrence.
Sounds like a series of events from the Bible, before the end times.
Meanwhile in a nearby brothel there was a big collective sigh of relief.
You and your damn facts and logic.
Some here are speculating that the dead animals are coming from a Factory but I think that’s a Fantasy.
alexander_busek: Too bad that none of the cadavers displayed even only traces of crude oil. So much for your conspiracy theory.
1_Rain_Drop: Actually it helps my theory if there is no crude oil on them or in them. The higher ups won't be able to blame BP. [italics my emphasis]
alexander_busek: I don't understand. In your first post, you advanced your theory that this mass dying of velvet crabs had been "staged" in order to incriminate "BP or other oil spills." Why wouldn't any such conspirators want to "prepare" the faked evidence with traces of oil and thus make it seem more plausible that the crabs had, indeed, been killed by oil?
Lots of us in Michigan have been wishing for global warming for years...For the past 2 years my AC rarely was on..last year I think I clicked it on about a dozen times all summer..
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