So…. What do you think is making the birds sick? 1. The moth spray? 2. The oil spill? 3. The waves? 4. The dinoflagellates? 5. The foam?
Let’s learn from scientists in Monterey Bay, California. This problem actually happened there in November, 2007. A local newspaper printed this news: On November 9, 2007, the morning after aerial spraying of pesticides had taken place, Jacquie Rainwater and her teenage daughter went for a beach walk in Capitola. There, they found several seabirds in distress, and took them to the local volunteer animal rescue center.
Many people in Monterey thought it was the moth spray. There were many protests to stop the spraying.
Actually, the moth spray wasn’t a problem. Scientists did not find evidence of the moth spray on the birds. Was it the moth spray?
That same day there was an oil spill… By FELICITY BARRINGERFELICITY BARRINGER Published: November 9, 2007 SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 8 — A South Korean container ship hit one of the stanchions of the Bay Bridge in a dense fog on Wednesday, spilling 58,000 gallons of bunker oil. Strong tides have since swept the slick through the mouth of San Francisco Bay, fouling beaches up to 20 miles north of the city and girdling Alcatraz Island with a belt of goo.
Was it the oil spill? No. The oil spill was 100 miles away, too far away to harm the birds.