Recent Murre Strandings in Odd Places and How This Might Be Linked to2015 Bird Die-Off along the AK Coast

“This most recent wave of murre strandings is part of a broader seabird die-off in coastal Alaska first reported in March and part of a widespread seabird die-off up and down the Pacific coast, possibly due to shortages of squid, krill and little fish the birds usually eat.

Ocean warming is a potential culprit; the body of warm water in the Gulf of Alaska that formed last year and earned the moniker “The Blob” is now expected to join the warm ocean currents of what’s predicted to be an extreme El Nino cycle in 2016.”

Read the Alaska Dispatch News Story here.

Photo Permitted by Gregory “Slobirdr” Smith at http://flickr.com/photos/22170893@N06/10573291084

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