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Oiled pelicans found in Santa Barbara area

July 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Authorities are trying to determine how five brown pelicans became covered with oil in the Santa Barbara area.

Two of the birds were found at Ellwood Beach near Goleta. Three more birds were found on East Beach.

U.S. Coast Guard officials said one of their helicopters did a flyover, looking for a source to the oil.

There was nothing on land and no oil sheen on the water.

Wildlife officials are taking it very seriously. Two of the birds have already died.

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