Today’s final report from the field is that preliminary surveillance has found no signs of oiled wildlife. Teams will have a better chance to cover more ground at first light tomorrow and get a more complete picture of the situation.
At this point we are focusing our efforts onshore because there have been no reports of oiled wildlife from responders at sea. Without an identified area to search for birds on water, it is more efficient to search along the shoreline. Birds that become oiled lose their waterproofing and become cold. This forces them to leave the water and come ashore. By searching the shoreline we have the best chance of finding those that are in need of rescue.
– Greg Massey, OWCN Assistant Director