Thousands of Puffins Died in Alaska And Climate Change Is to Blame (Disturbing Pics)

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played a role in the deaths of thousands of puffins in Alaska, according to a study.

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Scientists believe the birds starved to death when the fish they eat migrated north with rising sea temperatures.

The bodies of dead, emaciated puffins began washing up on beaches on Saint Paul Island in autumn 2016.

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Source: ALEUT COMMUNITY OF ST PAUL ISLAND ECOSYSTEM CONSER

Up to 9,000 puffins and other seabirds died over the course of a few months, US scientists say.

And climate-driven shifts in fish populations, combined with the onset of molting, may have caused this mass die-off.

“Mass mortality events are increasing in frequency and magnitude, potentially linked with ongoing ,” researchers led by Timothy Jones of the University of Washington, Seattle, wrote in the journal Plos One.

The findings add to fears that rising temperatures are having unpredictable effects on birds, bats and other wildlife.

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A recent study found birds nesting in the Arctic faced a bigger risk of having their nests raided by predators due to changes linked to .

And over two days last November, record-breaking heat in Australia’s north wiped out almost one-third of the nation’s spectacled flying foxes, according to researchers.

The birds feed on fish and marine invertebrates, which in turn feed on ocean plankton.

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Source: Getty Images

Scientists fear that unusually 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 between October 2016 to January 2017.

Most were tufted puffins but bodies of a second seabird, the Crested auklet, were also found.


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