At first glance they looked wet, but when touched, their feathers were completely matted, which means they couldn't clean or waterproof themselves. Unless rescued, they will freeze and die. The authorities are asking the public to call in the RSPCA when they sight more of the stricken birds rather than attempt to save them.
BBC wildlife presenter Chris Packham said: "What's particularly frightening is that if you're picking up a hundred on the beach, there could be very many more which have died and been lost at sea. So this could be a tip of an iceberg as it stands at the moment.
"If this is a substance which is toxic and then gets into the food chain it can persist there for many years and have an influence over many other types of animal." Read the whole article here.
We must stop contaminating our planet. The world is so beautiful—each new day a miracle. I don't have the answer of how to change the way business operates. Yet, if we respect and care for the environment around us, each of us will make a difference. Feed the birds.