July 28, 1991 |
Waves of frothy oil from a sunken Japanese fishing vessel have begun washing ashore on some of America's most pristine shores, threatening sea otters and tens of thousands of birds, Coast Guard officials said Saturday. More than a dozen oil-drenched birds, both dead and alive, have been found on beaches, said state Department of Wildlife spokesman Doug Zimmer. "They're so coated," Lorraine Durick, a volunteer with the Wild Animal Clinic of Monroe told the Seattle Times. "This stuff is like glue.