Manatees hold on in face of danger from man and nature

Manatees hold on in face of danger from man and nature

Sep 24, 2017

We all heard about the effects that hurricane Irma had on the coasts of Florida and the Caribbean islands, but we don’t think about the effects it had on the animals that can’t run away the storm. As Hurricane Irma charged up Florida’s west coast Sunday afternoon, it sucked up water along the way, draining waterways and bays. As a result, two manatees found themselves stranded on now-dry land just north of Sarasota. At the beginning when they were found by some people it was believed that they wouldn’t survive. But it turns out the manatees didn’t need the storm surge after all. Between law enforcement officials and a group of citizens, the manatees – stranded, of course, in Manatee County – were rescued and carried back into deeper water, According to Fox News. (Photo: Fox News) General Information of Manatees In 2001, activists, academic groups and civil society organizations participated in the rescue of 19 manatees after being trapped by the water drop due to extreme heat at Laguna de San Juan in Chiapas. This fact set the precedent so that every September 7 is celebrated in Mexico the national day of this species, which according to myths and legends are related to sirens. These mammals belonging to the order of the sirenians are the largest herbivores in the ocean and there are three types of species in the world; the Amazonian, the African and the Antillean, and all of them are in danger of extinction. Historically the distribution of the ‘mermaids of the Caribbean’, as they are also known, that are found in Mexican waters, covered the waters of all the Gulf of Mexico. Nevertheless, due to the danger which these mammals face, today they only are found in rivers of Veracruz and in the Caribbean coast of Quintana Roo. (Photo: La Verdad) The Caribbean manatee has a great agility in the water which allows it to make jumps, twists, turns and somersaults. They are very peaceful and do not have natural predators, so their vulnerable status as a species is due to the human being. Description of the animal: Manatees are between 3 and 4 meters in length. Its weight ranges between...

Meet Frida, the dog who has saved dozens of lives after Mexico’s earthquake

Meet Frida, the dog who has saved dozens of lives after Mexico’s earthquake

Sep 23, 2017

The six-year old Labrador retriever named Frida has saved 52 people during her career in multiple natural disasters. She was deployed at disasters across Central and North America, participating in rescue missions in Haiti, Ecuador and Honduras. Frida is a veteran first-responder. She is a part of military unit that has been deployed to multiple disasters. Her bravery and resourcefulness has even earned the praise of Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, who took to Twitter to praise the labrador. This K-9 agent has amazed the whole world with her great performance during the powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 shook Mexico City and surrounding states killing at least 273 people. Many could still be buried under the rubble and their hopes of survival rest on rescue dogs like Frida. Read more...

USGS reports quake off of Humboldt County California on Friday Sep 22

USGS reports quake off of Humboldt County California on Friday Sep 22

Sep 23, 2017

The United States Geological Survey maps initially reported two moderate earthquakes off of Humboldt County on Friday afternoon, but officials have since clarified that one magnitude 5.7 quake hit in the ocean off of Ferndale. The quake, recorded at 12:50 PM local time at a depth of 9 kilometers, struck West of Humboldt Bay in an area that frequently experiences seismic activity. “It occurred on the Mendocino Fracture Zone,” says Jack Boatwright, a seismologist with the USGS office in Meno Park. “It’s an active area. We get a lot of earthquakes here.” A magnitude 6.5 quake rocked the area in December 2016, magnitude 7.2 and 6.6 quakes hit the region in June 2005, and a 6.8 shaker struck in March 2014. Though several people reported feeling shaking on Friday on the USGS “did you feel it feature,” few people took to Twitter in Ferndale, Eureka or Arcata to report feeling the shaking....

Tijuana sewage, wastewater spills contaminate San Diego region

Tijuana sewage, wastewater spills contaminate San Diego region

Sep 19, 2017

According to the San Diego Union Tribune, hundreds of thousands of gallons of polluted water often carrying sewage and other contaminants have flowed over the Mexico border into the San Diego region every month this year — including a nearly four million gallon spill on Sunday September 17, according to federal records. The continued flows come in the wake of a massive spill in Tijuana that polluted beaches as far north as Coronado in February. The contamination came as sewer pipes cracked and manhole covers bubble over amid winter storms, which caused 256 million gallons of wastewater to go unaccounted for south of the border. There were 11 spills from April through June totaling more than 7.4 million gallons of water often polluted with sewage and other contaminants, according to a report from the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board released Wednesday. Records from the U.S. side of the International Boundary and Water Commission — which oversees water treaties between Mexico and the United States and tracks trans-boundary spills — show another five spills since July, accounting for an additional more than 6.5 million gallons. At the same time, elected officials from San Diego have raised concerns that the federal government could nix funding for the agencies and programs intended to address the issue. A spending package passed in by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday would eliminate the U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Grant Program, which has helped facilitate infrastructure upgrades to prevent sewage spills in Tijuana. Ending the grant program is part of a roughly 7 percent cut to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would drastically limit resources to protect clean air and water, said Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego. “Eliminating this program would take away one of our tools to improve sewage infrastructure along the border and prevent these constant spills that threaten public health and damage our quality of life,” Peters said in a statement. “It also threatens the cross-border cooperation and leadership that is necessary to keep sewage out of American waterways.”   The IBWC would see a more than $5 million cut to its annual budget, down to $72 million, under the House spending blueprint. The package now goes to Senate hearings...

Coordinated group works to address fish mortality problem

Coordinated group works to address fish mortality problem

Sep 18, 2017

As reported by The Baja Post on Wednesday, September 13, thousands of fish were found dead on the surface of different Mexicali, BC lagoons. For this reason, a meeting was held between several governmental units to follow up on the problem of fish mortality that has occurred in these bodies of water within the muncipality of Mexicali. The institutions and agencies involved in this investigation are: Comisión Nacional del Agua (CONAGUA), Bosque de la Ciudad, Comisión Estatal de Servicios Públicos de Mexicali (CESPM), Secretaría de Salud de Baja California (ISESALUD), Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (PROFEPA), Secretaría de Pesca estatal (SEPESCABC), del Instituto de Investigaciones Veterinarias de la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), del Instituto Municipal de Investigación y Planeación Urbana de Mexicali (IMIP) y del Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria (SENASICA). During the meeting the first results on water quality were presented and analyzed, as well as analysis of the dead fish tissue, by different agencies. According to the information at the moment, which is the one referring to the lake of the “Bosque de la Ciudad“, the group agreed that everything seems to indicate that the mortality of fish was caused by a natural phenomenon, product of a temperature change . However, the work of sampling and investigation continues and it won’t be until the following week when more information will be submitted by the governmental agencies involved.   Boletín de prensa de CONAGUA (Press...

Tropical Storm Norma expected to become hurricane on the night of “El Grito”

Tropical Storm Norma expected to become hurricane on the night of “El Grito”

Sep 15, 2017

Tropical Storm Norma is expected to become a hurricane within the next several hours, the National Hurricane Center said. In a 9 a.m. Friday advisory,, the NHC said the center of the storm was located 85 miles east of Socorro Island and 290 miles south of Cabo San Lucas. The storm was traveling north at 2 mph with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. Forecasters said Norma should strengthen into a hurricane by Friday night and a hurricane watch could be required later for parts of the Baja peninsula. “Norma is moving toward the north-northwest near 2 mph, and this slow motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days,” the NHC said, “A faster northward motion should begin by early Sunday.” Tropical Storm Lidia made landfall on the peninsula earlier this month, causing extensive flooding and leaving at least seven people dead. Hurricane Max, meanwhile, was churning just south of Norma, but was moving east toward Mexico’s west coast.  ...