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I am going to use this space to begin archiving a particular class of news events that seem to occur with ever-greater frequency: reports of unusual creatures washing up on beaches, appearing in surface waters, or being found or caught far from their historical ranges. I will reserve for the moment all thoughts on what I intend to do with this information; for now, it will suffice to collect it in one place. I do want to go back through the last couple of years and add in as much as I can, so if you have links to similar articles, please share them in the comments below.

We’ll start here:

5.24.2016 – Blue Lobster off Canada

http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2016/05/24/blue-lobster-caught-canada-pkg.ctv-network

12.28.2015 – Giant Squid surfaces in Japan

http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/12/28/japan-giant-squid-orig.tv-asahi

12.22.2015  – Sea snakes in California

http://www.livescience.com/53182-venomous-sea-snake-california.html

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-el-nino-sea-snake-20151219-story.html

11.21.2015 – Blue Dragon in Australia

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/beautiful-and-rare-blue-dragon-washes-ashore-australia

10.27.2015 – pufferfish in Monterey County

10.16.2015 – Dolphins, Turtles, others in Mexico

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/6694685/Mystery-surrounds-swathes-of-dead-rare-sea-animals-washed-up-on-beach.html

8.22.2015 – Fin whales in Alaska

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/22/alaska-fin-whale-die-off-mystery

7.27.2015 – Sowerby’s Beaked Whale in Plymouth, MA

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/07/27/rare-deep-sea-whale-washes-ashore-in-mass-offering-a-glimpse-into-a-world-away/

7.16.2015 Manatees in Connecticut and Massachusetts (nb: while manatees are known to roam north, reports like these seem to be trending these days)

6.30.2015 – Beaked Whale in Russia

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3144451/What-mysterious-furry-dolphin-Remains-bizarre-looking-creature-washed-Russian-coast-baffles-scientists.html

 

6.2.2015 – Oarfish on Catalina

1.7.2015 – dog snapper near LA
11.7.2014 – whitespot sandsmelt in Taiwan
9.4.2014 – wahoo at Orange County
4.13.2013 – Fin Whale in Seattle

PHOTOS: Body of Fin Whale Washes Up at Seahurst Park Beach Saturday

2013 – 2015 – Dolphin morality events along Atlantic coast

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health/mmume/midatldolphins2013.html

2010 – Present – Unusual cetacean mortality events in Gulf of Mexico

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health/mmume/cetacean_gulfofmexico.htm

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