9 March 2011, JellyBean @ 8:12 am

It looks like the mass animal deaths are beginning again!

Millions of small fish, including anchovies, mackerel and sardines, washed up dead in the middle of the night in King Harbor Marina on Redondo Beach, California. This has authorities puzzled and looking for a cause.

‘We’re having millions of anchovies die off in our harbour. At this point it’s an unknown reason,’ Redondo Beach Police Sgt Phil Keenan said.

Some reasons put forward for this event are:

1) Fish were attempting to escpade from red tide. This is where a naturally rapid growth of algae poisons fish or deprives them of oxygen.

2) Strong winds last night swept the fish into the harbor where they died from oxygen starvation.

3) They died following an unexplained drop in oxygen in the water.

4) Poisons from the BP oil spill and cleanup are affecting the fish and birds.

‘All evidence points to oxygen deprivation as cause of death. There is no oil sheen, nor is there a chemical sheen,’ California Department of Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan said.

Fish and Game are currently collecting samples for analysis while people are attempting to dispose of the corpses before they start rotting in the 20C temperature.

10 November 2010, JellyBean @ 9:00 am

Here is the latest update on the mystery missle, courtesy of the LA Times and CBS8:

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A Pentagon official said that an examination of radar data, satellite imagery and other sophisticated monitoring technology by multiple U.S. government agencies has turned up no conclusive evidence that a missile was fired in that vicinity and at that time.

Even U.S. agencies that monitor launches of rockets by private individuals or companies had no information of a launch, he said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said that FAA records showed commercial airliners were flying in the area at the time, and that most government experts were coming to the conclusion that the condensation trail was caused by an aircraft. “The best we can tell, it was probably caused by an aircraft,” the official said.

John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org, a website for military policy research, agrees. He said the idea that the government would carry out a secret launch illuminated at sunset, within view of 8 million Angelenos, is hard to believe.

“If it were secret, we’d do it at night in Alaska where only the caribou could see it,” Pike said. “It’s an airplane contrail, pure and simple.”

The vehicle is not moving fast enough and does not have the trajectory characteristics of a rocket, he said. The reason people think it’s a rocket is because it’s an optical illusion, he said.

The plane is coming over the horizon, straight at the camera. Because of the angle and the lighting at sunset it appears as a rocket rising, he said.

“I’ve seen a lot of rocket and airplane contrails over the years,” he said. “What I saw was an airplane contrail.”

Let the conspiracy theories begin!

9 November 2010, JellyBean @ 8:20 pm

A mysterious missile lit up the sky off the coast of Southern California yesterday – but military chiefs have yet to reveal who launched it.

The vapour trails from the missile could be seen from Los Angeles and miles around and in amazing images caught on video, looked to be within sight of a passenger aircraft.

The location of the missile was said to be west of Los Angeles, north of Catalina Island, and approximately 35 miles out to sea.

Local TV station KCBS captured the launch from their helicopter around 5pm local time.

The footage has left onlookers and military personnel baffled.

Colonel David Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, said so far none of the military or Department of Defense (DoD) agencies that might have launched a missile ‘have come up and said they were involved in this.’

‘So we’re still trying to find out what the contrail off the coast of southern California was caused by,’ he said.

Read more: Daily Mail

19 September 2010, JellyBean @ 10:59 am

In Ventura County, California, near the city of Santa Paula, lurks a strange monster. First sighted in the 1950’s the monster has been named the Beast of Billiwhack.

The beast is said to inhabit the area around the now defunct Billiwhack Dairy. The legend started when a 9 year old boy arrived home with scratches on his arms and back. He claimed that he had been attacked by a strange monster, but managed to escape and run home.

Those who claim to have seen the beast have described it as being Half man, half goat, with white fur and giant horns. The beast does not speak but rather snarls and grunts when seen.

Sightings have usually been reported by children and teenagers. One young boy was once caught with a sword and when asked why he was there, replied that he intended to slay the beast. This story was widely reported in a LA Times article in 1964.

This was not the only time that children decided to hunt down and destroy the beast. The article also mentions a time when a woman who leased the property, had to hold off 43 children with a shotgun until the police arrived to deal with the situation.

The farm was originally owned by a Swiss immigrant, August Rübel, in 1920. His two surviving daughters were interviewed about the beast, but both claim to know nothing about it. They said that they only knew of ghost rumours which started long after they had left.

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