Dead swans waking up Southwest Florida news rooms? Now asking asking "could it mean the dispersants are here?"
What is making swans sick?, Fox 13 Tampa Bay, September 23, 2010:
Dr. Geoffrey Gardner, a ["world renowned"] Lakeland swan expert, is facing the challenge of a lifetime. Something is killing the seabirds and swans on Long Boat Key...
"Our concern is that it may be coming from toxins in the waters, something coming from the dispersants that might have been used for the Gulf oil spill," Gardner told FOX 13 on Thursday.
The birds started getting sick and dying two months after the spill...
[W]ildlife rehabbers who discovered the problem are concerned because they have been seeing an alarming number of gulls and terns die lately.
Some parts were left out of the report on the Fox 13 website:
Sea birds and swans sick and dying from a mystery illness has investigators worried tonight. They want to know if the sick birds off longboat key have anything to do with the BP oil spill. If it does that could be bad news for other kinds of area wildlife as well.
What's attacking the birds and swans on Longboat Key?
Concerns that it's toxins in the water or dispersant used in oil spill.
Swans started getting sick 2 months after spill and they're not the only ones dying. So are all kinds of sea birds, gulls, terns and more. Rehabbers are worried because they can't save these birds like usual. 65 have been lost in a little over a month... you know there's a problem.
The symptoms are all the same, but could not diagnose the problem.
The birds become weak, paralyzed and just drop dead.
The symptoms and duration are unusual...
It's a matter of life and death...
Could it mean the dispersants are here?
See also from this week: 173 ppm oil found in sand at Southwest Florida beach — Siesta Key near Sarasota (LAB RESULTS)