Natural life scientists have been attempting to determine the baffling light colored substance that had been the cause of death for many seabirds along the San Francisco Bay. They are attempting to treat and save numerous of these birds. The muggy substance started showing up last week on the Eastern coasts of San Francisco executing more than two hundred winged creatures. Many of the birds in the area have been cleaned and treated at the International Bird Rescue Center in Fairfield in north of San Francisco. As indicated by the authorities, the lab tests and necropsies began this present week.
The material seems to look like dirty, elastic bond. The specialists say that that the substance is not fish oil or industrial oil or manufactured rubber. It sticks to the feathers of the birds and influences their capacity to protect them. In the long run fledglings give in to hypothermia and afterward freeze to death. More than five hundred winged creatures have been touched by the lethal substance. At the last tally around 322 ocean birds have been brought in to the International Bird Rescue (IBR) Center including surf scooters, horned grebes and buffleheads. About 145 dead creatures have been gathered from the seashores.
When authorities determine the substance and its source, the ‘culprit’ will be charged for the expenses cost wildlife department needed to pay for managing this event.
While IBR keeps on examining and cleaning the winged creatures, the CDFW is looking into the possible causes that led to the release of this substance together private and government organizations. Fish and wildlife officials announced that the urgent threat has been contained with the water being diluted enough so it poses no more risks to the marine ecosystem. As indicated by wildlife crisis authorities recovery endeavors will continue for another week. They are requesting the general public to report any sick feathered creatures they see.
Since the substance remains a mystery so far, experts are hectically – some say hysterically – attempting to discover it nature and source by conducting chemical tests and autopsy methodology. The aim is to assuage the pain and free the wings of the living birds so they can be returned into the wild.
They are researching whether it could be polyisobutylene, a gluey, unscented and to a great extent colorless material that executed a huge number of seabirds in the United Kingdom in 2013. However, even if the substance is determined it could take much longer for officials to establish its source. The authorities noted the substance presents no risk for general public health or people.
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