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Oiled gannet rescued in Back Bay (Updated 3 p.m.)

A gannet seen shivering in the Back Bay this afternoon was pulled out of the water and found to have oil on his feathers below the water line.

The large, blue-billed bird was swimming near the Palace Casino about 3 p.m., not 200 meters from where a pelican was rescued Monday near the Ocean Springs-Biloxi bridge.

The gannet was being taken to the Wildlife Recovery Center in Gulfport, the same place the pelican was taken on Monday.

"He (gannet) looked OK from the top, but he was in the water shivering," Lipscomb said. "We pulled him out and saw that he had oil all over his feathers below the water."

Roy Lipscomb with the Department of Marine Resources said spotters called the agency saying the bird was oiled and couldn't fly.

Lipscomb said he believes the pelican's prognosis is good, given that the bird was spotted early, before it could be sickened by the oil.

Sunherald.com will update this story as we learn more about how the bird is faring.

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