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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:34 PM

Seabirds wash up on English coast covered in sticky substance

Source: The Guardian

Conservationists are becoming increasingly alarmed by the number of seabirds being washed on to the south coast of England covered in a sticky, waxy substance.

Around 200 birds have been found alive, but by Friday morning 20 dead birds had also been discovered and the RSPB was receiving many reports of distressed birds being spotted out at sea.

Scientists from the Environment Agency and Maritime Coastguard Agency have taken samples to establish what the substance is, which will help efforts to clean the surviving birds. One theory being examined is that it could be palm oil.

Most of the birds affected are guillemots, which spend most of their life out at sea and are more vulnerable to oil spills. But there are growing concerns that rarer birds may also have been affected.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/feb/01/british-seabirds-coastline-mystery-substance

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alp227 Feb 2013 OP
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2013 #1
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #3
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2013 #4
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #5
Smilo Feb 2013 #2
RebelOne Feb 2013 #6

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:54 PM

1. They now know its a mixture of refined mineral oils

The substance found on hundreds of seabirds washed up on the south coast is a "mixture of refined mineral oils", the Environment Agency has said.
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The agency said the material was not vegetable, animal or palm oil.
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"We have received no specific reports of pollution within the English Channel area, but we have sent one of our counter pollution surveillance aircraft to investigate the sea areas between Dover and the Isles of Scilly."
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He said: "It sounds like - and it's pure speculation - that there's a ship out there somewhere that's flushed its tanks out illegally because it was being either too lazy or couldn't be bothered to pay the fees of having the tanks flushed in a port in the correct way."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-21291294

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:16 PM

3. Original reports yesterday morning

and tv coverage last night mentioned wax type content.

Birds washed up covered in 'glue-like wax' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21283953

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:54 PM

5. I'd forgotten that

and it floats especially in salt water.

Should've known about the oil. In the sixties used make very large candles using Fairy Liquid bottles for moulds.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:40 PM

2. "that there's a ship

..... out there somewhere that's flushed its tanks out illegally because it was being either too lazy or couldn't be bothered to pay the fees of having the tanks flushed in a port in the correct way."


Or the captain has been told to, so that more profits can be made for his masters. What do they care about some birds when there is money to be made.



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Response to Smilo (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:10 PM

6. Well, If that is the case, I hope that ship is tracked down and fined heavily. n/t

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