West Coast Mass Die-Off Of Seabirds 2015-16 Largest In Recorded History; Scientists Say ‘The Blob’ Increased Competition For Food Among Fish, Birds

It was unprecedented when nearly one million common murres died at sea and washed ashore from California to Alaska in 2015 and 2016. Scientists from the University of Washington, the U.S. Geological Survey and others blame an unexpected squeeze on the ecosystem’s food supply, brought on by a severe and long-lasting marine heat wave known as “the blob.”

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