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49 birds, 27 marine mammals now captured following South Coast oil spill

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The number of birds and mammals captured following last week's massive oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast continues to rise.

Officials say as of Tuesday night, 49 birds, mostly brown pelicans, have been collected. Of those, 33 were alive and 16 were dead.

They have also collected a total of 27 marine mammals, mostly California sea lions. Of those, 18 were alive and 19 dead.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says that four dolphins were also captured. While they say there were no visible signs of oiling on them, they are continuing to investigate.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard Wednesday issued a joint federal Clean Water Act order requiring Plains All American Pipeline to continue its clean-up work following the spill.

The order also requires Plains to contain the oil and prevent further shoreline contamination.

It establishes federally enforceable timelines and clean-up requirements.

Last Tuesday, a Plains pipeline ruptured, spilling as much as 100,000 gallons of crude oil, which leaked into the ocean near Refugio State Beach.

As clean-up continues along the shoreline, Plains officials say crews are nearly done excavating the section of pipeline where the spill originated.

That segment of pipe will be sent to a third party for investigation.

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