Mysterious Goo Killing San Francisco Bay Sea Birds
Graef, Alicia. "Mystery Goo is Killing Seabirds in the San Francisco Bay". Care2. January 22, 2015. Web. January 22, 2015.
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.
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:
Online Form Submission:
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?