beached washed shearwaters

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Subject: beached washed shearwaters
From: "Mitchener/Christie" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 11:53:03 +0930
News items as summarised in  Wetstuff, Marine and Community Network, SA

ABC Online     Tue, 24 Oct 2000 18:47 CST   South Australia
 Thousands of dead and dying mutton birds have been washed up along 
100-kilometres of shoreline near Goolwa and Victor Harbour, on
South Australia's south coast, following last week's storms. The National Parks 
and Wildlife Service says the birds that are still
alive cannot be saved and it is not known how many more birds may be brought in 
with the tides during the next few days. Animal
Welfare manager Deb Kelly says the birds were probably trying to reach breeding 
grounds offshore from Tasmania, but were blown off
course. "There are probably in the order of thousands of birds over the entire 
distance so there was probably a pretty massive storm
out at sea somewhere."
© 2000 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Wed, 25 Oct 2000 8:06 CST
Many dead birds washed ashore
Thousands of dead and dying mutton birds have been washed ashore near Victor 
Harbor. National Parks and Wildlife says the birds died
from exhaustion after they were blown off course by last week's stormy 
weather,on their way to Tasmania..  Animal Welfare Manager,
Deb Kelly, says the incident is a natural occurance and the few birds that were 
not already dead when they were washed up could not
be saved. "They are absolutely
exhausted." She said "Mutton birds always return to exactly the same island and 
exactly the same nesting burrows and it would be
physically impossible to actually pick these up, put them in care, which is 
even more stressful and is likely to kill them, and then
try and put them back to where they are meant to be." "Now becomes an absolute 
© 2000 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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