TISBURY, Mass. — Animal control on Martha’s Vineyard issued a warning Monday after “hundreds” of dead cormorants were found across the island.
West Tisbury Animal Control says the birds have been found washed up on beaches or floating in seaweed.
The birds may be dying from a new strain of Avian Influenza and have been sent to Mass Fish and Wildlife for testing, according to animal control.
Beachgoers are warned not to touch the birds and to keep their dogs on leashes so they do not get contaminated.
People should also use caution when going in the water.
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