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5 pelicans found covered in oil near Santa Barbara

July 13, 2011 | 11:13 pm

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating how five brown pelicans turned up covered in oil near Santa Barbara this week.

The first two birds were rescued Tuesday near Elwood Beach by a seabird rehabilitation worker, according to a Coast Guard report.

Three other birds were found near East Beach on Wednesday, but only one could be saved.

Coast Guard pollution investigators searched the area where the birds were discovered but found no evidence of a spill. A Coast Guard helicopter from Los Angeles flew over the area Wednesday, to no avail. The fly-overs will continue Thursday.

The birds will be sent to a seabird specialist in San Pedro for cleaning, according to the report.

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