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Fri May 5, 2017, 09:34 PM

Hundreds of dead sharks washing up on Bay Area shores

For seven weeks straight, hundreds of sharks have been washing up dead on the shores of the San Francisco Bay.
Sean Van Sommeran, executive director and founder of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation, says he's been getting calls daily since March of reported sharks washed up along the waterways of San Mateo County, Alameda and even Lake Merritt.
"We cant actually keep up with the volume of calls we get on a day-to-day basis," Van Sommeran said.
Several types of marine life have been turning up dead, including rays and large fish like halibut. But primarily, Van Sommeran has been seeing hundreds of leopard sharks washing up. He estimates the number of dead and dying sharks in the bay could be in the thousands.
"This is just the tip of the iceberg," Van Sommeran told SFGATE. "We're only seeing a fraction of the actual losses."

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Hundreds-of-dead-sharks-washing-up-on-Bay-Area-11119620.php
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pscot May 2017 OP
2naSalit May 2017 #1
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Fri May 5, 2017, 09:59 PM

1. We've arrived...nt

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Fri May 5, 2017, 10:25 PM

2. Fukushima?

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Sat May 6, 2017, 09:15 AM

3. Starvation, at a guess . . . maybe algae-related since there have been many seal deaths

Not sure that sharks are susceptible to domoic acid poisoning, though.

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Sat May 6, 2017, 09:43 AM

4. The person they speak to in the article, Van Sommeran said they get stuck in when the tide gates get

closed and the runoff becomes toxic

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