Omen? Scientists dismayed as millions of aquatic animals swarm Antarctica

April 28, 2011 – ANTARCTICA – Scientists are dismayed by the record number of whales swarming Antarctica. The sightings, made in waters still largely ice-free deep into austral autumn, suggest the previously little-studied bays are important late-season foraging grounds for the endangered whales. But they also highlight how rapid climate change is affecting the region. The Duke University-led team tracked the super-aggregation of krill and whales during a six-week expedition to Wilhelmina Bay and surrounding waters in May 2009. They published their findings today (April 27) in the online science journal PLoS ONE. “Such an incredibly dense aggregation of whales and krill has never been seen before in this area at this time of year,” says Duke marine biologist Douglas Nowacek. Most studies have focused on whale foraging habitats located in waters farther offshore in austral summer. Nowacek and his colleagues observed 306 humpback whales – or about 5.1 whales per square kilometer, the highest density ever recorded – in Wilhelmina Bay. They measured the krill biomass at about 2 million tons. Small, floating fragments of brash ice covered less than 10 percent of the bay. The team returned in May 2010 and recorded similar numbers. Smaller but still higher-than-normal counts were also reported in neighboring Andvord Bay. Advancing winter sea ice used to cover much of the peninsula’s bays and fjords by May, protecting krill and forcing humpback whales to migrate elsewhere to find food, Nowacek says. But rapid climate change in the area over the last 50 years has significantly reduced the extent, and delayed the annual arrival, of the ice cover, says Nowacek, who is the Repass-Rodgers University Associate Professor of Conservation Technology. “The lack of sea ice is good news for the whales in the short term, providing them with all-you-can-eat feasts as the krill migrate vertically toward the bay’s surface each night. But it is bad news in the long term for both species, and for everything else in the Southern Ocean that depends on krill,” says Ari S. Friedlaender, co-principal investigator on the project and a research scientist at Duke. –Physics.org
King Crabs: It’s like a scene out of a sci-fi movie — thousands, possibly millions, of king crabs are marching through icy, deep-sea waters and up the Antarctic slope. “They are coming from the deep, somewhere between 6,000 to 9,000 feet down,” said James McClintock, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham Endowed Professor of Polar and Marine Biology. Shell-crushing crabs haven’t been in Antarctica, Earth’s southernmost continent, for hundreds or thousands, if not millions, of years, McClintock said. “They have trouble regulating magnesium ions in their body fluids and get kind of drunk at low temperatures.” But something has changed, and these crustaceans are poised to move by the droves up the slope and onto the shelf that surrounds Antarctica. McClintock and other marine researchers interested in the continent are sounding alarms because the vulnerable ecosystem could be wiped out, he said. Antarctic clams, snails and brittle stars, because of adaptation to their environment, have soft shells and have never had to fight shell-crushing predators. “You can take an Antarctic clam and crush it with your hands,” McClintock said. They could be the main prey for these crabs, he said. McClintock’s colleague Sven Thatje, Ph.D., an evolutionary biologist at the University of Southampton in England, saw the first signs of the king crab invasion in 2007. He spotted a lone crab climbing up the slope. McClintock and Rich Aronson, Ph.D., a paleoecologist at Florida Institute of Technology, put together a proposal to launch the first systematic search for king crabs in Antarctica. With Sven as chief expedition scientist, the team headed back with two ships and a submarine earlier this year. McClintock and his fellow researchers are exploring causes for the invasion, which they believe is linked to human-induced climate warming. Around 40,000 tourists visit the area each year. “The whole ecosystem could change,” McClintock said. “And this is just one example of a species expanding its range into a new territory. There will certainly be more as the climate warms up.” –Science Daily

(Above) Submarine volcanism is now sublimating the outer parameters of the Antarctica Ice sheet which will make the region more vulnerable to fracturing and collapse as planetary tremors continue to tear at the stability of the ice cap and rivet tectonic plates across the globe. Forces, marshalling the unthinkable may be assembling. –The Extinction Protocol      Reference chapter on Poleshift
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32 Responses to Omen? Scientists dismayed as millions of aquatic animals swarm Antarctica

  1. markosity1973 says:

    Absolutely astounding. Excellent work yet again Alvin.

    You know, they say that animals are the first to sense an earthquake and go mental before it even hits. Could this be some kind of animal instinct action about something far more sinister?

    • g5club says:

      Rumors have it that a brown dwarf star is headed this way..it’s supposed to come very close and have a huge debris field which earth will be in the midst of. I’m sure animals can sense an ELE! Humans seem to be reacting to it on some level too (behavior).

  2. candycab says:

    Animals can sometimes feel or even hear vibrations before humans do when it comes to earthquakes . Thats not really anything special,its just nature.

    I don’t really buy any of the end of the world BS but who knows ? Just about anything could be possible. The things happening now have happened before and will happen again its all perfectly normal, we’ve just never been around in the past to see any of it.

    In terms of planetary time we probably havent been around long enough to be recorded let alone know much about anything going on.

  3. Chondra says:

    exactly what I was thinking Mark…there are prob EQ’s happening in that area…deep in the seabed. Bet we will see a big one in that area this year.

  4. radiogirl says:

    The hole in the magnetic field, migrating magnetic poles, undersea volcanic activity, earthquakes and global seismic tremors along with the impact of the human footprint on the earth…..is there really any question as to the current stresses and die off of our wildlife? Were we not only to have dominion over them, but to be a good steward of as well?

    E.P., the Nasa director of Heliophysics made an unprecidented move recently by stating the dire situation of the coming solar storm and the dangers there in.Fox reported it and Michio Kaku gave his commentary.From what I am gathering from several sources , the process of this sun cycle 24 is appearing to ramp earlier than previosly thought. Does your research support this as well? Thank you for helping to keep our family plugged in with our changing planet,R

  5. justme says:

    the end is near

    • tony says:

      I agree. I’ve gone from lifelong agnostic to believer, first because of the world events I’m witnessing and second, because revelations now reads like a daily newspaper.

    • Maiden PEI says:

      Yaaayyyy!!!!! Bring it on!

      I can’t remember now where I read this & I haven’t been able to find it again to provide a link to it here in the past hour I have spent looking for it on the net (sorry!)…but…according to what I read, ALL ‘ages/cycles’ break down when they end…before transitioning into the NEXT age/cycle…so what we & the planet are going through right now is not abberant…it is just as it should be as we move out of the age of Pisces, into the new & wondrous/amazing age of Aquarius.

      So…the way I see it…this chaotic time is a sign that we are on the cusp of a new Age…being one of expanded conciousness & Peace & Harmony.

      Of course I’m not all that keen on the rough/catastrophic times we are going to go through before then…but knowing what’s ahead for Humanity, I find it easier to deal with.

      And of course being an immortal Spirit Being…I know there is nothing to fear if my physical body dies in the process.

      So, for me, apart from the suffering bit…it’s all good!

      Just wanted to explain why I was so jubilant about the “end” being near.

      Much Love & Reassurance to everyone,
      MP

  6. Jim says:

    Excellent info , there seems to be so much of this behavior lately from the oceans and birds that we know something is up but not what it is .

  7. Rob says:

    My heart breaks for all the innocent animals being hurt/killed by mans selfishness and greed.
    PRAYER FOR THE ANIMALS
    Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals,
    especially for animals who are suffering;
    for animals that are overworked, underfed and cruelly treated;
    for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars;
    for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry;
    for all that must be put death.
    We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
    and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion
    and gentle hands and kindly words.
    Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals,
    and so to share the blessings of the merciful.

  8. debi maddox says:

    everyday the news gets wilder and scarier

  9. A_lad says:

    Wow, all I can say is WOW! I mean every hr something else is changing on an epic scale. I love how they try to calm the masses by using the term “CLIMATE CHANGE” like this is a normal reaction to a temporary problem!

    Thanks Alvin for sharing the Pole Shift reference from your book. I am going to have to order that book and read it to the NAYSAYERS in my little circle of friends.

    God Bless

  10. A_lad says:

    Also Alvin last night our local news reported Sudden Volanic activity here in AZ. I live in Tucson and this was up North. I didn’t see the news but a friend from work knew I would want to know because I am the crazy one lol.

    I tried to find it myself but to no avail so far. Three people saw the news. The news reporter reported it as odd.

    Thought you might want to know. God Bless

  11. Jean Luc says:

    The animals of the world know exactly what is coming, their natural instinct telling them what to do for their survival. This is a message to mankind as well. Something huge is coming. Pole Shift is coming no doubt is on its way. The Antarctica along with other continent land masses will move to other earth geographical locations. Some will possibly become ice free while others will be covered with ice. Therefore the Antarctica will support life as it has in the past. We all must remember the earth has undergone pole shifts and life moves on. Being prepared is the main objective.

  12. Paula says:

    Yes, all these events and changes are frightening. Our hearts are awake and watchful. But, I also want to say that Life, God, Spirit and Universal Intelligence and the creative principle behind the design of the Universe yet exist and are and we are all part of it.
    Regardless of the changes on our planet, we have to stay courageous, smart and merciful.
    I appreciate everyone’s posts!

  13. Third Adam says:

    All these dead animals cannot be a good sign.

  14. Third Adam says:

    Alvin,

    Also, record numbers of Great White Sharks are swarming off of South Australian coast at Pt.Lincoln.

  15. Kim says:

    I have heard people tell me wow the world is getting crazy and they dont even come to this website and see half the stuff I see though I do tell them.

    I want to say though its not really the end of the world. It is the end of the world as we know it. A world full of sin, evil, suffering, death, disease. But the world will be made new and won’t truly be destroyed or end. It will just be the end of what we know that is full of tragedy, etc. but love won’t disappear. Hope, faith, love, healing, peace will last forever thanks to Christ. It sounds like a dream but Trust in God He loves you.

    I always hear people say these things have happened before and that is true in certain ways but these animal deaths, volcanoes, earthquakes are happening on top of Middle East turmoil, Peace Talks with Israel who only just became a state again in 1948 and just so many other things that are lining up together.

  16. Clint says:

    They likely sense the gravitational pull from terrestrial bodies. I’ve been reading about everything from the HARP to planet Nibiru to the brown dwarf star–Elinin, to an approaching asteroid. Regardless, the animals have something in common that mankind can’t begin to relate to: they’re intelligent. While America, for example, watches American Idol, they’re country falls apart around them economically. Everyone’s asleep while the news nurses us with it being our fault the earth’s climate is changing primarily because humanity. The climate changes are cyclical and very likely indicate a future poleshift which would devastate life on this planet. Will it happen? Heck if I know! What we can agree on is that something is going on at the South Pole–for one–and it doesn’t appear very good for man. But the least we can do for our children is to give survival the best shot possible. PREPARE!

  17. Maiden PEI says:

    Hi Alvin,

    Re: “Forces, marshalling the unthinkable may be assembling.”

    What do you mean when you say “the unthinkable”?

    MP

  18. I look to these things as more of a “cleansing”
    The earth is coming to an end of a cycle. We don’t have any control over these events other than our conscienceness.
    I too feel something happening on a deep level.
    Nature is saying “ready or not, here I come”

  19. RebelYell says:

    Thanks for the great comments. I check your site every morning, regretting what I usually find. This is not a topic blog/board, but I’m noticing amazing events in many lives – like culminations to chapters. For example, my career seems to be spiraling towards a great end. My parents are as happy as I can remember. My wife’s career is bringing her to new heights in life – not money wise in any way – just dreams coming true – often through tribulation. We are seeing a rise of cancer along the gulf coast in Alabama and complicated births (wife is OB and I work with research hospitals). It may NOT be significant statistically, but it feels like heavy clouds. And no one can grasp the tornadoes that just sped through our lands. We live in hurricane country and it was amazing to see more death in the middle of the state than on the coast. I’m just dumbfounded but truly more in love with God each day (and I don’t adhere to organized religions nor do I fear death). Thanks for your site and sight… nothing like it around. God bless.

    • Rebel Yell, love the handle btw —- you’re further along the path than most and you have the treasure in the box (love for God) rather than prizing the chest.
      So glad you wrote in. Blessings along the pathway and may God keep you in His love splendor

      Alvin

  20. Josephine Rescigno says:

    I read a book about the sleeping prophet Edgar Casey many years ago and he stated in his book about the shifting of the axis of our earth flip flopping up side down and a earthquake so devastating that California will break off and drop into the ocean and at the same time Manhattan will fall and Atlantis will rise. He predicted this to happen in the early years of 2000. Well it seems we are heading for just to happen. The signs are there and I think God is fed up with all the killings and evil that is upon us. If you believe in him and love him you will always be with him. God bless everyone and pray for any forgiveness if you feel you hurt anyone you know. Be kind to your fellow friends.

  21. Yes Kim, not enough people come to this web site. All the more not enough people come to the english king james bible and listen to the word of God. Nor do they cry out for mercy. God says in many places that this planet and our heavens is finished. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. Not a make over. This earth will become a lake of fire. For example Isaiah 13, Isaiah 24, Isaiah 65, 2Peter 3:1-13, Revelation 6:12-17, Revelation 9, Revelation 10:6. ‘…There will be time no longer’. Revelation 1115,18 …about judgement on those that destroy the earth and rewards for those who believed God. Revelation 13, Revelation 16 …(all this started since the cross and has been continually increasing) , Revelation 19 …9 the animals and birds coming in to eat all the human flesh that God is preparing for the slaughter in the day of his wrath.., coming soon.). AWAKE O YE PEOPLE, REPENT AND SEEK THE LORD WHILE HE CAN STILL BE FOUND>

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