Florida: At Least 75 Dead Seabirds Found Along Stretch Of Daytona Beach
‘I’ve never seen that many dead birds at one time, and I’ve lived here 40 years,’ Moore said. She found the birds along the beach in Daytona Beach Shores during a three-mile walk.At least 75 birds have been found dead along the beach since the weekend, said Joanne Magley, a Volusia County spokeswoman, including at least 20 on Wednesday.
The birds are shearwaters, a family of birds generally found offshore over the open ocean, officials said. Several varieties of shearwaters can be seen offshore of Volusia County including sooty, greater and Audubon’s.
About 10 shearwaters were found alive this week and taken to the County’s Mary Keller Seabird Rehabilitation Sanctuary at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, said Capt. Tammy Marris, spokeswoman for the Volusia Beach Patrol.
‘They’re coming in extremely exhausted if not dead.’ Science center staff members believe the birds were probably downed by high winds over the ocean this week, Magley said.
They say the phenomenon isn’t that uncommon, with sick, very young and aging birds falling prey to the weather.
Marris said science center staff told her dead seabirds have been found along the coast and not just in Volusia County.” Source – The Daytona Beach News Journal.