The RSPCA has been called to the rescue of more than 100 sea birds being found covered in an unidentified sticky substance.
The guillemots have been found along the Dorset/Devon coast from Weymouth to Torquay covered in the greasy film, many have very sore legs.
They are mainly being found on the near Portland,West Dorset.
The birds are being taken to RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Somerset where efforts to clean them are being made with the usual techniques. It is too early to know whether this has been successful, but the early signs are that they are not responding well.
It could be days before the true scale of the pollution spill affecting sea birds on the south coast is known, wildlife experts said today.
A change in wind direction could have killed thousands more birds after scores were found washed ashore along England's south coast.
Increasing numbers of birds are washing up on the south coast after being covered in a mysterious substance.