State and city officials said that at least 40 birds were found dead on beaches near Myrtle Beach over the weekend.
In a press release, the city of North Myrtle Beach spoke out to dispel rumors on social media about “hundreds” or “dozens” of birds found dead on the shore.
According to the city, three birds, including two pelicans, were found dead in one location and several others were found in another.
A South Carolina Department of Natural Resources representative told the city that he found 30 dead birds on the beaches on Saturday.
On Sunday, 10 more birds were found dead by a member of the city’s beach patrol.
Four species of birds are represented among those that died, including pelicans and seagulls.
Some on social media have suggested that the bird deaths are directly related to a diesel spill emanating from the beach renourishment dredge vessel located off our shore. The city says there has been no confirmation of any fuel spill or that the deaths are due to a fuel spill.
Several times on Sunday U.S. Coast Guard and SCDHEC personnel flew the coast from Myrtle Beach, SC to Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. looking for signs of diesel or other fuel spills on the water. They did not see any evidence of spills.
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Dozens of dead birds have been discovered along two bays on Auckland’s North Shore with fears they have been poisoned.
Beachgoers at Rothesay Bay and Brown’s Bay were alarmed to find the dead and dying birds, including rock pigeons and a black backed gull, scattered along the bays yesterday.
A North Shore woman who was out walking her dog feared the birds had been poisoned, and was concerned about dogs eating the poison as well.
She told the Herald she had seen more than 20 dead birds, and more were dying while she walked along the beach.
“One bird was still alive but it was dying right in front of us. I suspect someone has put poison down.”
She had contacted Auckland Council and the Department of Conservation.
DoC confirmed to the Herald it was investigating the deaths.
DoC ranger Alex Wilson said he collected 12 dead rock pigeons and a dead juvenile black backed gull that had been taken to a nearby veterinary clinic.
Black backed gulls were a native species, however they were very abundant and were not protected under the Wildlife Act 1953.
Rock pigeons were a non-protected introduced species.
The bird deaths come after dozens of birds died in two separate incidents in Auckland in September.
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Tortoise was found dead by bather in Guarujá, SP – Photo: João Carlos Azevedo / Personal Archive
Another 12 marine animals were found dead on the shores of the coast of São Paulo, between Friday morning (24) and Saturday (25). The three turtles, seven penguins and two albatrosses were already in advanced stage of decomposition, and were collected by the Gremar Institute in cities of the Baixada Santista, to be taken for necropsy.
According to information from the biologist Greane, Rosane Farah, on Friday, two turtle-headed turtles (Caretta caretta) were found in Bertioga and Guarujá. The teams were able to identify that they are two males, one adult and one still young. Also a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) was collected in São Vicente and a penguin in Guarujá.
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Seabirds in the state are washing up on beaches once again, this time in Western Alaska, in numbers estimated to be in the thousands.
The reason why they’re dying has been determined, but the true cause behind the die-off has scientists investigating further into the pattern.
“The results come back pretty quickly. Currently, they determined the cause of death appears to be due to emaciation, starvation.”
That’s Robb Kaler, a wildlife biologist at USFWS’s Migratory Bird office in Anchorage. He said one of the birds has been sent in and tested, and another six are on the way.
While labs and scientists can see the cause of death due to a number of contributing physical factors, how they got that way is another question; one that experts don’t yet have the definitive answer to.
“There’s probably multiple factors at play. You’ve got birds that are starving, so we know why they’re dying, they’re dying of starvation,” Kaler said. “But the question is, why are they not able to find food? What’s happening?”
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