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At least 40 dead sea birds found along beaches near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

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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 and dying sea birds found at two Auckland North Shore bays, New Zealand

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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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3 dead turtles, 7 dead penguins and 2 albatrosses found on beach in Sao Paulo, Brazil

26.08.18 Dead Marine Life In Brazil

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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Thousands of dead sea birds found washed up in Western Alaska, USA

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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95 dead sea birds found washed up on Black Isle beach in Scotland

Some of the dead birds that washed ashore near Chanonry Point.
In recent weeks, walkers treading the beach have been greeted by the grim sight of dozens of bird corpses, guillemots and razorbills among them.
 
It is thought they were overcome by the rough winter weather and starvation brought on by their inability to feed. A team of volunteers has now taken on the grizzly task of clearing the corpses from the beach after taking to the sands last Friday for a clean-up operation.
 
A spokesman for Fortrose and Rosemarkie Community Council said: “The number of dead birds littering our beautiful coastline is a cause for concern. There has sadly been a surge caused by severe weather.
 
“Sadly a large number of birds have been caught up in these storms, some injured – fatally – and then washed up on the shore.
 
“The community council contacted Highland Council to ask if the birds could be cleared but this wouldn’t fall under the remit of ‘rubbish’ clearance.
 
“Dead birds don’t fall under the remit of the RSPB either – they are a conservation charity. So, rather than wait, heroic community volunteers cleared 95 – yes, 95 – birds from the beach between the golf club and the lighthouse.
 
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100 dead sea birds found, ‘never seen anything like it’, on Navarre beach, Florida, USA

Courtesy of Robin Otto
 
Navarre resident Robin Otto has woken up to something very strange all week long.
 
When stepping out onto Navarre Beach, which Otto’s home overlooks, she said she’s spotted “about 50-100” dead birds within a one-mile radius just west of Public Access 37-C. 
 
Otto said that on Thursday alone she counted 61 dead birds in that radius. A resident of Navarre Beach since 1985, she said she’s never seen anything like it. 
 
“I’ve seen, like, four different species of birds, predominantly two different types,” Otto said. “When the tide goes out, it takes some of them out with it. There are so many that people are starting to bury them so people aren’t stepping on them. They range anywhere from what appear to be babies to adults. Just extremely odd.”
 
Otto, who said she’s been snapping photos all week, said she reported the peculiar issue to the Navarre Beach Department as well as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
 
She also reached out to the Florida Audubon, which responded with some analysis in an email Friday morning. 
 
“We have had a particularly bad fallout this year and I know FWC is looking into it. We tend to get some dead birds each spring as they migrate from their wintering grounds to the breeding grounds but this year it has been higher than usual,” said Caroline Stahala with the Florida Audubon, in an email to Otto. “I appreciate the pictures and they will certainly be helpful as we investigate the causes of the severity this year.”
 
A spokesperson with the FWC said the organization’s biologists are aware of the situation and are looking to gather information, however, FWC Law Enforcement is not investigating the incident.
 
Courtesy of eu.pnj.com 
 

Thousands of sea birds and fish dead due to oil spill in northern Colombia

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Thousands of sea birds and fish dead due to oil spill in northern Colombia

Dozens of dead sea birds found on a beach in Novorossiysk, Russia

В Новороссийске с пляжа в Мысхако вывезли всех мертвых птиц: в ветуправлении не успели их исследовать на инфекции
On March 22, 2018, the residents of the village of Myskhako, near Novorossiysk, addressed the editorial board of OUR . They said that several dozen dead ducks were found on the central beach . In their opinion, the mass death of birds is associated with environmental pollution. On the same day, photo correspondent Nashi went to the beach and counted three dozen bodies of waterfowl. He took the dead birds in the photo and video. As told by OUR member of the Public Ecological Council under the Governor of the Krasnodar Territory Veniamin Golubitchenko, dead birds were black-necked grebes. In his opinion, a fever killed some disease or poisoning. However, in the State Administration of Veterinary Administration of Novorossiysk , Nasha was informed that the specialists of the department had left for the beach, but did not find a single dead bird to investigate their remains for infection. It turned out that the beach was cleared by the request of the administration of Myskhako. Utilization of the remains of birds. 
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Hundreds of sea birds wash up dead along coast of Scotland

Dead puffins
Photo By MARK NEWELL/CEH
Scientists, who have sought reports of similar cases from across the UK, said the guillemots, razorbills and puffins died due to recent bad weather.
 
Heavy seas had prevented them from feeding, while low temperatures had further reduced the starving, wave-soaked birds’ chances of survival.
 
The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) has sought information on discoveries of dead seabirds.
 
CEH said weather dubbed “The Beast from the East” followed closely by the “Mini Beast from the East” brought a “bad combination” of low temperatures, high winds and rough seas.
 
The centre, whose work includes monitoring the Isle of May National Nature Reserve in the Firth of Forth, said it had already gathered reports of more than 300 dead birds washing up along the east coast.
 
It said the birds were mainly young guillemots and razorbills, but also shags, cormorants and puffins.
 
The problems have come as seabirds prepare for the new breeding season.
 
CEH suspects birds have been dying off in other parts of Scotland and across the UK.
Courtesy of BBC News