The power of two!
One of the reasons that Coastal Walkabout has been set up is to record events that happen in the natural environment, and we have started the new year with a very interesting – albeit quite tragic – event.
Simone Smith, one of our first Coastal Walkabouters, recorded a range of sightings when walking around Bendalong in NSW, and unfortunately she recorded some dead sea birds on the beach, and provided a photograph of them from her phone, as shown below.
When Simone recorded these sightings there was a bit of a glitch and her co-ordinates didn’t work well, but one of our technical crew, Piers, saw these records out in the middle of the ocean, and contacted Simone to find out where they were from. During the email conversation, Piers remembered he had seen the same species – the Short-tailed Shearwater – on his recent trip to Byron Bay, also dead on the beach.
This sparked a bit of research and Piers found that there was an article posted in the Sydney Morning Herald around the same time about the deaths of these birds, and that they were washing up along the east coast.
It appears our two Coastal Walkabouters were recording the same ‘wreck’ event that was described in the news article, but were almost 800 kilometers apart, and about a month or so apart in time as well. This really starts to show how observations in Coastal Walkabout can help to document events that happen within the marine and coastal environment.
A big thanks to Simone and Piers for reporting their sightings into Coastal Walkabout!