Posted: Apr 12, 2018 8:15 PM GDTUpdated: Apr 12, 2018 8:28 PM GDT
By FOX 12 Staff
NEWPORT, OR (KPTV) -
A rare brown booby bird was found stranded on the Oregon coast.
The young bird was discovered around noon Sunday, hours after a storm battered the Pacific Northwest.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium was notified of a large, unique-looking bird on the beach adjacent to South Beach State Park.
Aquarium staff typically requests injured birds be brought to their facility in Newport, however in cases such as this, with the bird being large and potentially dangerous, aquarium workers responded to the scene.
Aviculturists identified the bird as a juvenile brown booby.
Brown booby birds are typically found in tropical or subtropical zones off the coast of Central America. In the past few decades, however, the range of the birds has expanded northward. Last fall, biologists discovered the first instance of the seabirds nesting as far north as California in Channel Islands National Park.