posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 11:56 AM
Originally posted by astra001uk
uk.news.yahoo.com... it seems these birds are covered in an unknown sticky substance that is
causing the birds to be unable to fly no one seems to know what the sbstance is or where it has come from
Ok, I know this thread hasn't been active for a bit but i'm going to update anyway.
6 February 2013 Last updated at 14:49
A substance which has been covering birds on the south coast is an oil additive, a university has
It seems they have come to a conclusion as to what was covering these birds.
According to Plymouth University, it was a form of polyisobutene (PIB), which was used as a lubricating additive in oils to improve performance.
Polyisobutylene is a colorless to light yellow viscoelastic material. It is generally odorless and tasteless, though it may exhibit a slight
As a fuel additive, polyisobutylene has detergent properties. When added to diesel fuel, it resists fouling of fuel injectors, leading to reduced
hydrocarbon and particulate emissions. It is blended with other detergents and additives to make a "detergent package" that is added to gasoline
and diesel fuel to resist buildup of deposits and engine
Prof Rowland said he was aware of only one other incident of the "relatively common" substance being spilled in 1994.
But despite spills being "comparatively rare", he added that it would be difficult to trace the source.
He said: "It's probably transported around the world.
"Whether we can find out if it was spilled would require a cargo sample to compare it with."
Sounds like we'll never know who's responsible. Hopefully they saw it covered on the news and will think twice next time. Probably not.
8/2/2013 by SilentE because: (no reason given)