Seabird Mortality

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Subject: Seabird Mortality
From: "Allan Morris" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 08:14:21 +1100

Hi Birders,

Earlier this month it was reported that the Queensland Minister for Environment & Heritage said in a press release on 3 November 2000, that of 63 Short-tailed Shearwaters found dead or dying on North Stradbroke Island and the Gold Coast, 58 died of symptons consistent with oil toxicity and veterinarians found a black oily substance in the gastro-intestinal tracts of the birds! Veterinarians working with QPWS & Currumbin Sanctuary have suggested that the most likely cause of death, despite no oil being found on the feathers, was oil toxicity.


Other people have suggested that the black-oily substance referred to above may have been the oils normally found in Shearwater stomachs.


Can anyone advise whether there is further information on the death of the short-tailed Shearaters in Queensland?


Alan Morris

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