biologists working with monk seals in Mauritania found the body of
Piros on a peninsula on the northern part of the country (see 20.77100
-17.04467). When first seen, Piros seemed exhausted but the colleagues
could not help her. She spent 8 days in the area before her signals
disappeared. There is no explanation for her death since apparently
there is plenty of food around: shorebirds, gulls and probably
passerine migrants too. Nevertheless, the possibility of getting too
tired after crossing the desert and not being able to hunt is not
excluded. Further possibilities are: secondary poisoning (a large
number of ships have been dismantled and sank in the area), some kind
of disease or some unknown factor. It is a strange co-incidence,
however that in 1979 a dead Saker was found by French ornithologists
in Star Bay - just a few km north of the place where Piros has been
found. This fact raises the question whether this phenomenon occurs
from year to year, and this place is really a some kind of trap for
Sakers; or it is really just a co-incidence and these two birds were
found there co-incidently. This story shows again how little we know
about our ecosystem and its 'elements'.
at the moment how we could get there in the close future.
a Spanish member of the team (to whom goes a great thanks).
there is any developments.