Oiled gannet

Posted on 23 August by Carl Vernon in Birds

Oiled gannet

This is the 19th gannet found dead on the beach between Nahoon and Gonubie in the last five years.    It is however the first gannet that has been polluted with oil.     This adult and unringed bird had been dead a few days when found at Danger Point on the 17th at the high tide line.   The bird must have been there for four days as that was the last day when the high tide had gone that far up the beach.     The bird had lost a lot of condition before dying as its sternum was prominent indicating that its pectoral muscles had wasted away.      It is deduced that after being polluted with oil, it could not fly, settled on the sea and swept by the ocean current on to the Bonza Bay beach.     The source of the oil is not known but may have emanated from the cargo ship Kiani Satu which ran aground at Buffels Bay, near Knysna on the 8th August, 2013.




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