Short-tailed Shearwater wreck in Port Melbourne

To: Debbie Lustig <>
Subject: Short-tailed Shearwater wreck in Port Melbourne
From: Tim Jones <>
Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2013 17:55:08 +1300
I wonder if the stuff I have read about regarding potential ecological disaster 
in the pacific linked to Fukushima has anything to do with this. After all this 
seems to relate to a large part of their wintering range?

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> On 10 Nov 2013, at 4:59 pm, "Debbie Lustig" <> 
> wrote:
> The same thing was happening at St Kilda on the same day (Saturday 9/11), 
> albeit on a slightly smaller scale. The strong birds were gliding and 
> swooping over the waves while the rest either bobbed about, resting, doing 
> nothing to avoid the numerous kite-surfers, or lay dead on the sand. I 
> watched one weak bird pounded and dragged about in the waves for a while, and 
> felt that it was worth trying to rescue. I sought help from an animal rescue 
> professional. He arrived and we debated the options of who to take it to. 
> Several phone calls later, we learned the following:
> Melbourne Zoo and the DEPI's protocol is to euthanise any ST Shearwaters
> A Frankston carer had 40 ailing birds handed in and none survived longer than 
> three hours. Apparently, they can't handle the stress of being rescued and 
> being in captivity
> All the birds handed in were well below their normal weight and had 
> breastbones 'like razors' ie they were wasted and starving
> There are some wildlife rehab people who specialise in seabirds but none near 
> the inner city beaches 
> Someone in St Kilda (illegally) rescued two birds, which died soon after
> None of this should put people off trying to rescue other injured birds. The 
> hard part can be finding an experienced carer to nurse them back to health. 
> All vets are supposed to at least assess injured or sick animals and 
> hopefully send them to an appropriate wildlife carer. Or you can try Wildlife 
> Victoria, who do a good job but are overworked.
> I share Richard's sadness at this awful situation, and wish we could help. 
> But it seems we can't. All I can suggest is we go out and watch the birds 
> that are still capable of flight, and enjoy the spectacle of them while we 
> can. If I'm not mistaken, you need to get right out on the ocean to see ST 
> Shearwaters, normally.
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