Operation Underway to Rescue Pelicans Following Oil Spill
    2010-06-06 10:58:28     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Liu Donghui
 

A pelican tries to clean its wings while standing on a rock in the water May 27, 2010 near Grand Isle, Louisiana. [Photo: CFP]

Pelicans struggle to free themselves from oil, thick as tar, while others stretch out useless wings, feathers dripping with crude.

Scenes like this played out along miles of shoreline of the Gulf Coast, nearly seven weeks after a BP rig exploded and the wellhead a mile below the surface began belching millions of gallon of oil.

A large group of biologists and fish and wildlife agents have been out on the water looking for oil-covered birds.

Kayla Dibenedetto is from the US Fish and Wildlife agency:

"It's an adrenaline rush but we know we're doing our job and that's what we're here to do and it feels great to be able to get one at a time."

With one to four birds a day coming into Louisiana's rescue centre for oiled birds at Fort Jackson, some 70 have so far arrived with more on the way.

Federal authorities say some 800 dead birds, sea turtles, dolphins and other wildlife have been collected from the Gulf of Mexico and its coastline.

Experts say the Gulf's marshes, beaches and coastal waters, which nurture a dazzling array of life, could be transformed into killing fields, though the die-off could take months or years and unfold largely out of sight.

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