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Photo and article by Liam McNeil

Over the last few weeks, many walking the beaches around Tofino and Long Beach may have noticed a large number of dead birds washed up in the high tide line.  The gull-like birds, spread up and down the length of the peninsula, have likely been disconcerting for many residents, and a welcome source of perfume for many dogs.  Many of the birds have been adorned with small metal tags, bearing the words ‘BC Beached Bird Survey’.

A brief call to Peter Davidson, BC Program Manager for Bird Studies Canada, the organization behind the BC Beached Bird Survey, helped Read the rest of this entry »

The sludge (see yesterday’s post, below) is now on Tonquin Beach – and I wonder where else.

Of course getting any of our governmental organizations to look into this is not easy.  Coast Guard says it’s not their department; DFO was reluctant to get involved (update: but apparently will now look into it); District of Tofino says it’s not within their jurisdiction either.

Hopefully someone will take it upon themselves to Read the rest of this entry »

Sludge piled up at Tofino Air, First Street Dock

Yup, it looks pretty disgusting, that black sludgy stuff piling up against the docks and drifting out to the open ocean with the big ebb this afternoon.

I went down to have a look.  It’s stinky, but doesn’t seem to be an oil slick – although there is definitely oil mixed in with it.  It’s a lot of black sludge and worm casings and lots of old beer cans.

Coast Guard tells me that Read the rest of this entry »