*Update* Miami wildlife officer: "Birds sporadically dispersed, floating southward, about a mile slick of them" -- CBS reports 10 dead (VIDEOS & PHOTO)

(See original post here: Miami-area: Many large birds reported “floating in Biscayne Bay covered in oil” — “Biologists mind-boggled”)

Wildlife officials rescue Turkey Vultures, WSVN Miami, November 10, 2010:


Miami Science Museum's Sharon Montgomery:

"There's a lot of theories right now... We're not really sure exactly what happened. This could have been a weather related event. We do have one casualty, so we're planning on having that one carcass evaluated for possible toxins or some other disease."

Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission officer Robert Schol:

"When we arrived on scene, there were just birds sporadically dispersed, floating southward about a mile slick of them... There looked to be about 35, 40 birds, and that's just what we saw."

Turkey Vultures Found Distressed in Biscayne Bay, CBS 4 Miami, November 9, 2010:

CBS4 anchor:  "More than 10 have been found dead."

FFWCC Officer Robert Scholl:

CBS4: Was one of the first to arrive and see what was happening. He found birds covering a mile stretch of water.

"35-40 birds, and that's just what we saw. And then on the way in we saw a few more. We tried to save as many as we could. "

"They were swimming towards the boat. All of them were swimming toward my boat so that should tell you something. I've never seen anything like it."

Miranda Dickey, the wildlife keeper at the Miami Science Museum:

"They should not be swimming anywhere . We find them all over the place but definitely not swimming and definitively not in this shape."

"We were dreading the oil spill and we missed that and now we are getting this."

Greta Mealey, the director of wildlife center at the Miami Science Museum:

CBS4: She planned to do necropsies as soon as possible...

"Something significant affected this group."

12 comments to *Update* Miami wildlife officer: "Birds sporadically dispersed, floating southward, about a mile slick of them" -- CBS reports 10 dead (VIDEOS & PHOTO)

  • xdrfox

    mile slick of them… ?? .. This could have been a weather related event. ?? Birds getting sick and dieing all summer and still no necropsy's report on ANY !!! I was at N. Ormond Beach today just south of other shoots and a vehicle had been on the beach and tracks around the area and marks appeared to have been something removed from the beach, I did a video of the sight. The local 2 news had a blip about dolphins washing ashore but went to the on line site and nothing there, went to the News Journal and nothing there either. I don't know if it was old footage they were showing of a beach patrol and gathering dolphins. Could have been were I was but camera shot was toward the ocean. This is near were finding dead gulls this summer.

  • maryanne jacobsen

    The update video link doesn't work. Weirdly when you read the first article at the last link, before the update, it mentions oil, but when you watch the video there is no mention at all of oil. They said it could be a weather related event. So where's the truth? Weather related event? Give me a break. The water is still quite warm in the Gulf. I would think Biscayne Bay is warm too. Really. Hypo thermia? This is weird.

  • xdrfox

    While out today along coast and river I saw about 10 of these birds at different locations and about half of them in different places flying very low ! Normally they are very high sniffing the air. Some on lamp post at High Bridge Ormond and at the rivers edge, I will be paying a little closer attention to them in the future and watching.

  • xdrfox

    Think the Coast Guard guy caught what he started to say ?? and was guarding his words !? No pun intended.

  • xdrfox

    The videos show sheen in the waters of area they were found.

  • maryanne jacobsen

    You know, these vultures eat dead stuff. But evidently the dead stuff they ate recently was toxic dead stuff. I don't know if anyone else has been looking at the NOAA projections of the Loop current on this site, but I have been watching them regularly. If you go to the site and change the date to November 1st, you can see quite clearly that according to NOAA'S projections, the currents were rolling right over the Macondo site and being channeled down through the Florida straits and coming up the Atlantic very near the coast in that Ft. Lauderdale, Biscayne Bay vicinity a little over a week ago. This week it looks more like another eddy formation, but no matter how you look at it, the currents are running directly over the Macondo Prospect and coming in close to the east coast in southeast Florida before going out to sea.

    Just an observation.

  • Jean

    I've seen turkey vultures flying out over the coast and walking out on mudflats at low tide, but I've never seen them trying to swim. It's certainly strange that they would be out in the water. These are young birds that possibly made their first migration from farther north, but there hasn't been any significant weather like a hurricane that might disorient them. I'm glad to see that they were rescued, and hope to find out what caused this.

  • xdrfox

    Antimated; Give this a sec to load then hit the start button. Here is the link to the one I watch .. 120 Hour Surface Current Forecast ... http://wavcis.csi.lsu.edu/forecasts/forecasts.asp?modelspec=currents

  • maryanne jacobsen

    Female Faust , who posts on the forum) has a good blog. Her posts and research indicate that the birds are being poisoned by exposure to heavy metal toxins. That's what these birds need to be tested for. According to the news accounts the vultures were literally "falling out of the sky". That indicates paralysis. Interestingly, that was the same symptoms that the now-retired-not-talking vet noticed in the swans on LongBoat Key. These birds are definitely being poisoned thanks to what they ate which obviously contains toxins to their systems.

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