Pacific seabirds dying in record numbers

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One of the worst marine animal mass mortality events in recorded history is taking place in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Canada. Thousands of seabirds are dying, and scientists are trying to figure out why. Chris Casquejo filed this report.

Pacific seabirds dying in record numbers

Pacific seabirds dying in record numbers

One of the worst marine animal mass mortality events in recorded history is taking place in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Canada. Thousands of seabirds are dying, and scientists are trying to figure out why. Chris Casquejo filed this report.

Highlights:

  • Volunteers have found around 8,000 carcasses of the blue-footed seabird called the Cassin’s Auklet along the coast from British Columbia down into northern California.
  • Scientists estimate as many as 100,000 auklets, most of them young, have died.
  • Tests confirmed the auklets likely died of starvation. Scientists say they didn’t find any traces of other potential killers like oil, viruses or bacteria. They now suspect warm water is to blame.
  • Kevin Blanch

    now WHAT IS FUKUSHIMA ???

  • Kathryn Sunsquall

    Hello?! Fukushima…..

  • Scientists in our story did look at that, but tell us the tests didn’t show elevated radiation levels.

    • Stephen Yang

      So follow the food chain backwards? What do these birds eat? And how does warmer waters affect that source of food?

  • Bertram Sømme

    Follow the food chain – has anyone tested for Thiamine deficiency?
    Many prey fish contain thiaminase – this destroys thiamin leading to an inability to feed – i have no proof but it is possible that thiaminase content is linked to diet of the prey fish. This is occurring in many places in the world.

  • Bertram Sømme

    Every country with a seaboard (except for the uk) has allowed nearly unregulated seaweed trawling – this changes the ecology of the coast – this also changes the way fish feed, in particular prey fish ———— it is easy to find information about this industry but difficult to gauge its extent – is it really so uninteresting to the media??

    The nursery of massive numbers of fish – the hatching and feeding ground of vast numbers of animals is being destroyed all over the world – major marine environmental organizations seem completely unaware of its extent – seaweed also removes nearly every major pollutant – the trawling that occurs on the Norwegian coast re distributes pcbs and other dangerous chemicals ——— http://stopptt.com/