Mysterious Goo Killing San Francisco Bay Sea Birds

Many birds are dying and being washed ashore because of a mysterious goo in the San Francisco Bay.

Citation:

Graef, Alicia. "Mystery Goo is Killing Seabirds in the San Francisco Bay". Care2. January 22, 2015. Web. January 22, 2015.

http://www.care2.com/causes/mystery-goo-is-killing...

Summary:

A mysterious goo has begun killing many birds in the San Francisco Bay. The goo coats the feathers of the birds so that they aren't as insulated and are susceptible to hypothermia. Around 200 birds have already died from this goo, and over 300 others have been taken into to care centers where they are cleaned and nursed back to health. The good news is that the birds that are captured and cleaned are able to survive, but the bad news is that many birds die before they can be brought in. Additionally, investigators have no way to identify what the substance is. There is no evidence of an oil spill in the bay, and they have tested the substance to see if it's petroleum. One possibility of where it's coming from is people dumping their waste into the bay. Hopefully they will be able to stop this goo before it gets too out of hand.

Ethical Concerns:

The main reason that it is unjust is that it is causing harm to many helpless animals. These birds are going about their daily activities: feeding, swimming, and sometimes even just walking on the shore. They are simply living their lives and don't even realize what is happening to them until it is too late. This goo is taking the lives of many innocent birds and needs to be stopped before it causes serious damage to the San Francisco Bay ecosystem. One way that people can contribute is by signing up through San Francisco Baykeeper to monitor the shores. In doing this, you will help find birds that need help so that hopefully they can be cleaned before it's too late. Additionally, if you see a bird that needs help, you can call 707-207-0380 x 110, 831-429-2323, or submit a form online at the link below.

San Francisco Baykeeper Link:

https://baykeeper.org/content/volunteer-monitor-bi...

Online Form Submission:

https://docs.google.com/a/mittymonarch.com/forms/d...

Position:

I believe that this is a major issue that needs to be solved ASAP. These innocent birds are being killed for no good reason. If this is being caused by a person dumping waste into the bay, then they need to stop immediately. Additionally, we need to be sending people out into the bay to try to clean up as much of the goo as possible. My question to you is where do you think the goo is coming from and what should we do to stop it?

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2 years ago
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I think that the substance is a mix of reacting chemicals from waster that different companies are dumping into the bay. We should try and stop it by finding out which companies are doing the dumping and putting a stop to it.

2 years ago
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I think it could be coming from an oil spill somewhere or maybe gasoline leakage from some of the ships in the bay. I think there should be a clean up committee to clean up and save the birds as much as possible. I think more tests should be done, and they should try and find the source to find it.

2 years ago
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If it is from an oil spill, the company needs to needs to step in and fix it. It is of ethical concern for the people of the company to do something.

2 years ago
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The reaction between waste products that are thrown into the water is causing this goo to form. In order to stop the issue we need to develop more clean ups.

2 years ago
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I believe that the goo in the water is coming from someone dumping waste into the water and is a mixture of toxins we need stop dumping the waste and filter the water.

2 years ago
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I think that we should test different chemicals mixing together so we can ee if yoftheresults produce something similarto the goo. Them we could make sure these chemils dont enter the bay.

2 years ago
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I believe that the goo must have been a leakage of some sort of substance into the bay that is causing this goo to form. To stop this goo spillage, I think we would need to take water samples of the bay and look to locate the specific area that the goo starts. An overall precaution would be telling people to be careful of what goes in the bay.

2 years ago
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The mysterious goo, I believe, is a combination of various chemicals and wastes that are dumped into the bay. The San Francisco Bay is incredibly polluted, and in an effort to prevent such destruction of wildlife, the bay needs to be cleaned up, and not polluted further.

2 years ago
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I have no idea what the goo is, but I think we should try to find the source to stop it at the root, but for now continue doing clean ups.

2 years ago
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I think the goo is new mix of chemicals.