Warning: Beach Closures
According to La Cronica newspaper, an approximate 10 kilometer stretch of beach extending south from the Malecon to La Hacienda is currently closed to the public. This has come about as a result of the discovery of dead birds on the beaches. The cause of their deaths is not known at this time. Many Mexican governmental agencies are working in coordination with the City of San Felipe and veterinary services to ascertain cause of death.
Public health agencies are asking the public to stay away from any dead birds or animals they may encounter on the beaches.
UPDATE: According to a January 15, 2014 article in La Cronica, 550 sea birds and 4 sea lions have been found dead on the beach within the 10 kilometers extending from the SF Marina and La Hacienda. The sea birds apparently are a mix of comorants, “pato buzos,” and pelicans.
The following organizations and departments are collaborating in the investigation:
PROFEBA (similar to Environmental Protection Agency), SEMAR (Department of Navy), SENASICA (National Health and Agriculture Department), CONAPESCA (National Commission on Fish and Marine Culture), SESALUD(Institute of Public Health Services).
The dead specimens are being taken for analysis to the laboratory at the Department of Veterinary Science at the Autonomous University of Baja California.