For every pelican or whale found beached or floating at sea, some much larger number died.
The brown pelican nesting grounds are a critical part of the pelicans habitat.
British Dictionary definitions for pelican
any aquatic bird of the tropical and warm water family Pelecanidae, such as P. onocrotalus (white pelican): order Pelecaniformes. They have a long straight flattened bill, with a distensible pouch for engulfing fish
Old English pellican, from Late Latin pelicānus, from Greek pelekān; perhaps related to Greek pelekus axe, perhaps from the shape of the bird's bill; compare Greek pelekas woodpecker
O.E. pellicane, from L.L. pelecanus, from Gk. pelekan "pelican" (so used by Aristotle), apparently related to pelekas "woodpecker" and pelekys "ax," perhaps so called from the shape of the bird's bill. Used in Septuagint to translate Heb. qaath. The fancy that it feeds its young on its own blood is an Egyptian tradition properly belonging to some other bird.