Saturday, January 1, 2011

Tiger Sharks Uncovering a Die Off?

Bird feather found in the bellies of Tigers in the Gulf are causing researchers from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab to wonder about a migratory die off in the region.

“These birds died in the first 20 miles. It suggests something interfered with their migration, and it really suggests a link to the (oil) platforms.”

“The best way I can describe what we found in the sharks is to think of a hairball like cats cough up,” said Marcus Drymon, a Sea Lab scientist who dissected several of the sharks. “The balls are just solid feathers and about as big around as a grapefruit. We caught these sharks during the fall migration in the general vicinity of the platforms off Alabama.”

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