The pelican “Red 33Z” was rescued from the ecological disaster that sank the deep water horizon of the Gulf of Mexico. It returned home after more than 11 years and more than 1,000 kilometers of driving.
Top photo. In March 2021, the red 33 brown pelicans were photographed on the island of Queen Beth, where they originated. (Photo credit: Casey Wright / LDWF)
There is something special about the brown pelican’s journey in the photo.He managed to return to his home on the island overflow Oil from Deepwater horizon 11 years ago. Although he was taken away from an LDWF rescue plane, even though he had left the island country for 11 years, and even though he was more than 1,000 kilometers away from his family, he did so. His hometown.
He was rescued from the tragedy on June 14, 2010. He was found immersed in oil. They took him to Louisiana, Georgia and saved his life.
Rescue moment. In the photo, in June 2010, members of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries fished oiled pelicans in Balataria Bay, Louisiana. The pelican is completely covered in oil.
The days when he is going to be a captive pelican will end. However, 11 years later, he took a 1,100-kilometer trip home.
The Deepwater Horizon spilled its cargo into the Gulf of Barataria, suffocating the Gulf of Mexico to death. 400,000 tons (370,000 metric tons) oil.
At that time, all the media in the world published images of pelicans and other animals dyed black.
Many people die because they are unable to swim or fly due to spills or toxic exposure to hydrocarbons in the oil, which leak into the blood through the skin, eyes, and orifices.
The oil leaked from the pipeline for 87 days, causing huge environmental damage to the entire coast; it still has a lasting impact in the area.
Pelican Red 33Z
After the oil spill, the Pelican labeled Red 33Z was one of 582 pelicans that were successfully repaired.
As a result of this disaster, more than 5,000 live and dead birds were collected in Louisiana. This accounts for approximately 65% of the bird recovery rate in the entire Gulf of Mexico. Brown pelicans account for 22% of all recovery rates. Data show that the oil spill killed 51,000 to 84,000 poultry, and the actual number may be at the high end of this range.
“His return from Georgia is really impressive”, Explain in the statement Casey Wright, a biologist at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), saw and photographed a pelican sitting on a rock on Beth Queen Island in Balataria Bay.
service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Estimates Between 65,000 and 102,000 birds died in this disaster. Of the more than 5,000 chickens collected, only 582 successfully recovered.
After being taken to a sorting and cleaning facility, the bird spent several weeks in a rehabilitation facility in Louisiana. Later, he was transported out of the disaster area to the US Coast Guard gas station in Brunswick, Georgia, and was released on July 1, 2010.
LDWF has gone to great lengths to clean up the Pelican’s homeland, Beth Queens Island. Brown Pelican ( Western pelican ), go to the tropics in winter and return to the birthplace during the breeding season.
Like most migratory birds, they have “genetic requirements” that can be brought back to the origin for reproduction.
Ornithologist Robert Dobbs explained: “Like most seabirds, brown pelicans have been genetically programmed to move long distances during the non-breeding season, but they can still return to them. Breed in the place of birth.”
Red 33Z is followed closely by the island to find it.
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