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Brevard County Researchers Search For Clues In Seabird Die-off

The northern gannet. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Dead seabirds are washing ashore in Brevard County, and no one knows why.

The northern gannet lives primarily at sea.

Tracy Frampton of the Florida Wildlife Hospital says nearly 100 have been brought in dead or dying since March. Seven have been released.

“They really don’t come to land except to reproduce. They just live out over the ocean. So if they’re sick enough to wash to shore they usually have lost over half their body weight and their organs are already shutting down.”

The die-off is not believed to be related to environmental problems in the Indian River Lagoon. It’s possible changes in migratory patterns are to blame.

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Amy Green covers the environment for 90.7 News. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a regular contributor to NPR, PEOPLE, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and other top news organizations. She is a Florida native with a zeal for chronicling the spurts and pains of ... Read Full Bio »