Five dead birds found en­tan­gled in net

Go! & Express - - FRONT PAGE - AMANDA NANO

What was sup­posed to be a re­lax­ing run on the Na­hoon Beach in East Lon­don turned into a sad dis­cov­ery for Liam Vic­tor on Tues­day morn­ing.

Vic­tor found a washed-up net with five dead adult Sooty Shear­wa­ters en­tan­gled in it.

“It seems to be a trawler

net that had been cut loose, that was the cause of the in­ci­dent,” Vic­tor said.

“The birds might have got caught div­ing in for fish to eat,” he added.

The GO! rushed to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion and found the birds badly en­tan­gled in the thick net.

The birds had not yet de­com­posed, giv­ing an in­di­ca­tion that it was a fairly

re­cent oc­cur­rence.

The birds were taken to the East Lon­don Aquar­ium where they could be dis­posed of prop­erly.

Though ques­tions were sent to the city's aquar­ium yes­ter­day, com­ment was un­avail­able at the time of go­ing to print.

Vic­tor said he had trained his chil­dren to pick up rub­bish when­ever they

vis­ited one of the beaches.

“If ev­ery­one could do their bit to clean up when on the beach, it re­ally would make a big dif­fer­ence,” Vic­tor said.

Septem­ber 15 marks In­ter­na­tional Coastal Cleanup day, when ev­ery­one can take part in help­ing to main­tain a clean sea en­vi­ron­ment.

Pic­ture: AMANDA NANO

TAN­GLED MESS: Five dead Sooty Shear­wa­ters were found washed up on Na­hoon Beach, en­tan­gled in a fishing trawler net

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