MAYPORT, Fla. -- Florida Fish and Wildlife officials are trying to figure out how and why a dozen dead pelicans were found along a small stretch of the riverbank in Mayport.
Their state of decomposition varies, a clue they died at different times.
It's been years since state officials in our region recovered this many dead pelicans in one spot.
An FWC law enforcement officer was part of a two-person team along the St. Johns River on Wednesday, inspecting for signs any person might have harmed these birds.
FWC Officer Brad Stanley told Action News, "[There's] no sign of what we can tell of any human interaction. We are going to take a few dead birds back to a biologist and let them take samples."
Live pelicans do congregate here for food outside the Safe Harbor Seafood processing station on Ocean Street. Why so many are dead there, baffles investigators. "I would consider this a mystery," said Stanley.