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Oil Lubricant Responsible for Contaminated Seabirds in Dorset

RSPCA

2:10pm 6th February 2013

The mystery substance that's killed over a 100 seabirds and injured nearly 3 times that amount off the Dorset coast has been identified.

The news was announced by University professors earlier today (6th February).

The sticky, wax like substance is an oil additive that's used in lubricating oils, that's according to scientists at Plymouth University.

They say the form of polyisobutene was discovered after analysing one of the guillemots affected.

Hundreds have been rescued off Chesil beach and are being cared for by the RSPCA at West Hatch.

It's still not known where the oil came from.

Two thousand towels were generously donated by listeners to the Wessex FM towel appeal for the injured birds, and they were delivered to West Hatch yesterday (Tuesday 5th February)

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