Dying gulls at Waikawa Beach — beware!

Scores of seagulls … flopped, staggered and struggled to fly as they became paralysed, and lay on the sand at Waikawa and Kuku beaches to die on Friday (06 March 2020).

Manukau local Beverley Dowling rushed down to the beach after seeing a post on Facebook and tried to rescue some of the native, black backed gulls.

“It’s literally like they are drugged and can’t move. They are literally dying in front of you.”

Dowling watched a bird go from healthy looking, to paralysed, and then dead in 10 minutes. …A Department of Conservation spokesman said this was a highly unusual situation.

He said the seagulls were brought to its attention by a member of the public and DOC officers went to Waikawa Beach to have a look. …

It asked that anyone who was on the beach to keep their distance from the gulls, and to keep any dogs on leashes.

Source: Scores of seagulls ‘drop like flies’ on a Horowhenua Beach | Stuff.co.nz.

2 thoughts on “Dying gulls at Waikawa Beach — beware!”

  1. “Manukau local Beverley Dowling ” it would be really nice if the media got our name correct!

  2. I live in BC and measure RF Radiation for people that have EHS.
    I am in contact with a woman in N. California that has severe EHS and as such is very sensitive to high levels of RFR.
    She reported last year feeling and then measuring very very high levels of RFR from the sea near where she and husband live. Later, there was a report of 100s of dead seabirds (type unspecified in article) washed up on the shore.
    The hypothesis/conjecture is that a military or research vessel was testing high powered transmission and this caused the birds death.
    So, you might investigate the possibility that your bird death event just might be connected to some high level of RFR.

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