PALM SHORES, Fla. (AP) - Harsh weather is being blamed for the 150 young migratory seabirds that washed up exhausted or dead this week on beaches in Brevard County.
Florida Today reports that tests show the deaths were caused by the recent bad weather that hit the birds during their migration. Biologists say the greater shearwaters were immature and had no food in their stomachs.
The birds were on their annual long migration from a remote group of islands in the South Atlantic to Candad when strong winds took a toll on some of the birds. The winds apparently blew them ashore.
Of the 100 shearwaters taken to the Florida Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary in Palm Shores, only a few are expected to survive.