Dozens of sick pelicans found at beaches
Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jul 20, 2012 at 11:37 am
Dozens of sick and dying pelicans have turned up on beaches across San Mateo County in recent weeks, putting a strain on resources at a local wildlife care center that takes them in.
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Posted by litebug, a resident of another community, on Jul 20, 2012 at 11:37 am
I wonder if the investigation will include checking for possible effects of radiation from Japan.
Posted by musical, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Jul 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm
Radiation from Japan would be very far down on my list of suspects. There must be a thousand chemicals and pathogens to check first.
Posted by jb, a resident of the Leland Manor/Garland Drive neighborhood, on Jul 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm
Radiation is an equal opportunity toxic. With 30 sick pelicans we would expect to see an increase in a variety of other sick organisms.
Posted by moi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jul 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm
This is the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.
For every sick or dead pelican found, there are probably 50 more nearby that we'll never know about.
Posted by Donald, a resident of the South of Midtown neighborhood, on Jul 21, 2012 at 9:46 pm
From what I have read this is normal and expected behavior for pelicans. It has to do with territory and feeding patterns, and the young ones that don't find productive feeding grounds end up starving. This has more to do with Darwin than Fukushima.
Posted by Curie, a resident of another community, on Jul 21, 2012 at 9:49 pm
Eating bananas gives more radiation exposure than the reactor problems at Fukushima. Have the pelicans been eating bananas?