Sadly the truth is coming out?

To: "'birding-aus'" <>
Subject: Sadly the truth is coming out?
From: "Andrew, Paul" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2000 12:23:58 +1100
We should still be cautious. The 'black tarry fluid' found within the
gastrointestinal tract is perhaps an acid-haematin (blood mixed with gastric
acids). In the marine environment where fish are the staple, oils ain't
oils. The veterinarians here have organised testing for petrochemicals at
Until the traces of 'oil' in the degestive systems of these corpses is shown
to be petrochemical everything is speculation. Though I would add that our
vets are very, very good and they doubt petrochemicals will be found. I'll
post something when results come in.

Paul Andrew
Taronga Zoo
PO Box 20
Sydney 2088
fax: 612-99784613

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> Subject:      [BIRDING-AUS] Sadly the truth is coming out?
> The truth is now coming out?
> RE: The "wrecks" of birds that WE ALL so love and of
> which 1.6 million recently permanently rested on Oz
> beaches - there is now a growing amount of information
> to indicate death was caused by consumption of dead
> fish. The fish had consumed man made oil that was
> tainted with heavy metals?. This information is now
> slowly being released and surely those that found the
> dead fish in the first instance? could tell what
> killed the fish? if only by the smell? If only someone
> was there to smell them, yep I'm not Monty Python
> (ING) anyone but you could tell almost immediately or
> back it up by the modern day smelling of fish.
> Some petroleum is a very fine clear film especially on
> a calm sea. Also it only takes a small spot on a sea
> bird and especially a sea bird, (as big as a Murre
> say) to kill it - a spot about one of our 10-cent
> pieces in size would do it.
> That small an amount would be very easy to miss.
> Heaven help the Albatross, but what chance does he/she
> have? .....
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