Pestilence Update

Dead dolphins keep washing up on Atlantic Coast. Scientists don’t know why?

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

Dead dolphins keep washing up on Atlantic Coast. Scientists don’t know why?

Maddy Lauria, Salisbury Daily TimesPublished 12:26 p.m. ET May 29, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. — Twelve dead dolphins have washed up on bay and ocean breaches in Delaware over the last two months.

Among the most recent: A decomposed bottlenose dolphin calf showed up on Memorial Day at Cape Henlopen State Park, and another was found Saturday on the coast in Rehoboth Beach.

What caused many of those deaths remains unclear: Most of the dolphins that washed ashore were largely decomposed by the time officials arrived from the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute (MERR) in Lewes.

In an ocean filled with predators and scavengers, as well as the sun beating down on hot days, it can often be a challenge to get good enough tissue and fluid samples to figure out what happened.

“I’m not seeing anything out of the ordinary whatsoever at this point,” said Suzanne Thurman, executive director of MERR. “It’s always note-worthy, but it’s not a spike.

More than 1,600 bottlenoses stranded along the East Coast from New York to Florida between 2013 and 2015. The cause: A disease called Morbillivirus sparked an unusual mortality event. 

The 12 dead dolphins found so far this year include eight bottlenose dolphins, three harbor porpoises, one common dolphin and one striped dolphin.

A 13th dolphin could have been added to the list when it washed ashore in Lewes on Sunday, but beachgoers pushed it back into the water before experts could see it, Thurman said.

“People certainly mean well,” she said, urging people to never touch a dead or stranded marine animal. “If an animal is stranding onshore, it means something is wrong with it and it needs assistance.”

It’s also against the law to interact with protected marine mammals. That’s why people need to keep their distance, while in the water or on land, for their own safety and the safety of the animals

If a dolphin calf is struggling in the water, that’s a good sign that sharks also may be present.

What happened to the dolphins found this year? Likely a combination of natural causes and interactions with fisheries: Three dolphins found at bay beaches did show signs of getting caught in fishing line, Thurman said.

Delaware sees an annual average of about 17 strandings a year. Last year there were 21, she said.

But Delaware’s not alone in dealing with these.

Earlier this month, two dolphins ended up stranded on a Florida beach with their bellies full of trash.

One, a male bottlenose dolphin, had eaten a 24-inch-long plastic shower hose, nozzle and all.

The other, a female rough-toothed calf, was found to have two plastic bags and a balloon fragment in her stomach, according to the Fort Myers News-Press.

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