Tuesday May 28, 2024

Daily Mail

A suspected oil spill has caused blobs of tar and oil-coated birds to wash up on US beaches. 

The pieces of tar are roughly the size of a sand dollar, measuring two to four inches in diameter, and are baffling officials as they rush to find the source.

Hundreds of them have been found less than a week after local officials received reports of oiled birds found along a 150-mile stretch from Long Beach, Washington, to Lincoln City, Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) confirmed on Sunday that the tar is ‘petroleum-based,’ indicating that the substance came from an unknown oil spill. 

The agency received 10 reports of oil-coated birds but recovered four – two were found dead and one later had to be euthanized. 

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