Red tide sickening birds in Monterey Bay
- 650 birds affected by odd, oily substance caused by algae bloom.
IBRRC rescue crews capture birds oiled by a sticky, clear liquid in
Just as the San Francisco Bay spill response was winding down, IBRRC
was busy again treating hundreds of sick birds washing ashore in
Monterey Bay affected by an oily substance.
At least 650 birds, some dead and many alive, were rescued and treated
at the Cordelia bird center. The incident was caused by a naturally
occurring red tide or algae bloom in the bay waters from Marina Beach
north to Santa Cruz. At least 369 birds were washed and released back
into the wild. For additional information:
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