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Oil-soaked birds have been discovered dead on Chesil beach near Portland.
The corpses have been found along the iconic 20 mile-long shingle bank and the oil is thought to have been flushed out of a passing ship.
The birds that have been affected are mostly gannets and they live at sea at this time of year.
After getting oil in their feathers they don’t have the energy to make it to the shore and slowly die, their bodies being washed up later