Climate Change Link to Puffin Deaths
Weather change played an important role in the deaths of thousands of puffins in Alaska, according to a research.
Scientists believe the bird’s death reason of hunger. When the fish eat migrated north with rising sea temperatures.
The dead bodies, emaciated puffins began washing up on beaches on Saint Paul Island in autumn 2016.
US scientists say that up to 9,000 puffins and other seabirds died over the course of a few months.
And climate-driven shifts in fish populations, joint with the onset of moulting, may have caused this mass die-off.
The findings add to fears that increasing temperatures are having random effects on birds, bats and other wildlife.
A recent research found birds nesting in the Arctic faced a bigger risk of having their nests raided by predators due to changes linked to weather change.
Last November in two days, record-breaking heat in Australia’s north wiped out almost one-third of the nation’s spectacled flying foxes, according to researchers.
The latest research looked at tufted puffins breeding in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska.
Fear of Scientists that abnormally warm waters can shift the ocean food web, spelling trouble for marine life, including puffins.
More than 350 bodies of seabirds were found on beaches on Saint Paul Island up to October 2016 to January 2017.
Most were tufted puffins but bodies of a second seabird, the crested auklet, there was also found.
There are many species of puffin
Which in two species, the tufted puffin and horned puffin, are found in the North Pacific Ocean, while the Atlantic puffin is found in the North Atlantic Ocean.
The Atlantic puffin is classed as vulnerable to extinction, due to a number of threats, including hunting, pollution and climate change
The tufted puffin, with its distinctive red bill and whitish tufts, spends the winter at sea, and nests during spring and summer in coastal colonies from California north to Alaska.
Modeling work advises that between 3,150 and 8,500 birds died.
Most adults in the process of losing their feathers, they were lost their feathers. Who know that the source of stress.
And a decrease in food before the moult may have prevented many birds from surviving, the researchers suggest.