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Fish News: Endangered Killer Whales Eating Endangered Chinook Salmon



The Fish News!

One Endangered Species Eating Another

We are the Force Damaging Both Killer Whales and Salmon

Recovery of West Coast marine mammals boosts consumption of chinook salmon,

We have driven Killer Whale & Salmon populations to the edge of extinction. Only through extreme, and extremely expensive environmental actions we have very narrowly prevented ourselves from killing all the Salmon & Killer Whales.

The real problems facing the Salmon & Whales cannot be mitigated locally, because they do not have precisely local causes.
The Whales and Salmon are direct victims of the increasing "indirect" environmental/weather pressures put on both species by the radical climate changes human activities have been driving over the past forty years, compounded by the direct population destruction centuries of overfishing and habitat destruction have wrought.

The only solution is to dramatically reduce all human pressures. Let the species grow into the their Natural Spaces that we vacate, and grow into populations sufficient to eat one other at will.



Signs of The End of the Line

 More Endangered Species Eating Each Other

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Fish News, Scraping Along the Bottom of Ma Nature's Barrel: Pittance Salmon Run Causes Joy



Scraping Along the Bottom of Ma Nature's Barrel

Pittance Mokelumne River Salmon Run Causes Joy

Fish-friendly measures steer Central Valley salmon run near record,
Mercury News, November 17, 2017.

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Whales and dolphins have rich 'human-like' cultures and societies



The Living Oceans

"I'd like to be
Under the sea
In an octopus' garden
In the shade
He'd let us in
Knows where we've been
In his octopus' garden
In the shade"

Beatles - Octopus's Garden

Who would have known, Ringo's Tripping was more accurate than fantastic.


Not just Ringo's Octopi, but the Whales, Dolphins, & Fish are in the "Personality Party," too...


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Death of Wild Fish: More Canaries in Nature's Coal mine



Death of Wild Fish

More Canaries in Nature's Coal mine 

Fish Blood in Their Veins — But Few Salmon in Their River,
KQED, October 16, 2017.

Killing off Indians & Fish

Fish & Cultural Extinction Events

Killing off Wild Fish & Nature generally

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Incredible Shrinking Fish: Swimming Thermometers shrinking!



Incredible Shrinking Fish

Swimming Thermometers shrinking as ocean temperatures rise 

Fish shrinking as ocean temperatures rise,
Louisiana State University, October 4, 2017.


Recent Fish News

Native Fish Support?

SOCAL "Steal it All" plan

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Taylor Creek Kokanee Salmon Running




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Taylor Creek Kokanee Salmon Running

Lake Tahoe’s kokanee salmon are spawning in Taylor Creek — and you shouldn’t miss it,
Sierra Sun, October 7, 2017.



October 6

Taylor Creek Kokanee Salmon Running

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Fish have complex personalities



Fish Personalities

Fish have complex personalities, research shows,
University of Exeter, September 24, 2017.

Fish Complexity

Number identification

Less complex after bits of nano-plastics... 



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Plastic World: Brain damage in fish affected by plastic



Plastic World

Brain damage in fish affected by plastic nanoparticles,
Lund University, September 25, 2017.

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How Life Works: Fish Repopulation after Ice Age



How Life Works:
Fish Repopulation after Ice Age

10,000 year-old DNA proves when fish colonialized our lakes,
UMEA UNIVERSITY, September 20, 2017.



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Fish Challenged Everywhere



Fish Challenged Everywhere

Climate change challenges the survival of fish across the world,


Fish-Oceans-Water News


End of Fish News

Gasping for Air

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Not a Planet for Old Fish



Not a Planet for Old Fish

Old fish few and far between under fishing pressure,

Fish News



All September 2017 General News


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Golden Trout Climate and Creature Threats

 Golden Trout  News

Golden Trout research shows stresses from grazing and climate change.

Weather Effects
CA's state fish can benefit from restoring and protecting streamside meadows,
1-13-16, USDA Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station.

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Fish could have emotions and consciousness

Fish could have emotions and consciousness,
Nov. 30, 2015, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.  

I've seen fish, specifically High Sierra Trout, express curiosity, fear, frustration, and anger.


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Fish Listen

What fish ears can tell us about sex, surveillance and sustainability,
University of Southampton, June 15, 2015.

Knowing that fish listen carefully helps us approach silently, and gives us a tool to direct their attention.

According to the above article their ears will also allow us to trace their histories.

What grand fish stories these ears must have heard.


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Stubblefield Fish Video, Yosemite Backcountry, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

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Short video of High Sierra trail conditions including Trout swimming at the confluence of Stubblefield and Thompson Canyons, September 2010. North of Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite on the combined routes of the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trails.


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Stubblefield Canyon to Seavy Pass

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