Abalone Die-offs in Sonoma County

 

Thousands of abalone lay dead and without their shells on Sonoma coast beaches.  Since the end of August, a red tide (this occurs when phytoplankton “bloom” in large numbers) slaughtered these culinary delicacies and others in the mollusk family. The die-off is so horrendous that State wildlife officials are considering a ban on abalone collection.

California Diver has an excellent photo and written piece on what is happening. Go here to read. SF Gate has a piece today also. Local blogger, Tom Seborn, wrote about this earlier.
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The photo is from the Calif. Diver piece and they have more upsetting photos.

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2 comments

  • And the muscles are being slaughtered by barnacles. Everywhere we look, the little fragments of Earth are dying. It won’t be long now.

    Although, if there is a shred of hope, we’d better act quick. We know what to do. The question is, “Can we?”

  • And the muscles are being slaughtered by barnacles. Everywhere we look, the little fragments of Earth are dying. It won’t be long now.

    Although, if there is a shred of hope, we’d better act quick. We know what to do. The question is, “Can we?”

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