April 25, 2013 7:41 am
Updated: April 25, 2013 7:59 am

Mysterious oil slick off Newfoundland coast threatens wildlife


ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A spokesman for the Canadian Coast Guard says samples are being collected of some form of oil that is leaking from beneath the waters off northeastern Newfoundland.

Coast guard spokesman Robert Grant says there have been reports of oiled seabirds in the Change Islands and Fogo Island area since March 31st.

He says surveillance flights have also spotted sporadic slicks during five flights.

Local residents have reported seeing up to 400 oiled seabirds.

Grant says the source of the oil remains a mystery, but it appears to be coming from an area west of Change Islands.

A shoreline assessment is scheduled to start today.

© 2013 The Canadian Press

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