1,200 Dead Seabirds washed up ashore

1,200 Dead Seabirds washed up ashore

Experts are baffled as thousands of dead birds are washing up ashore starting from northern California and reaching as far as northern Washington. Reason for the same remains unidentified.

Scientists affirmed that a total of 1,200 bodies were washed up ashore. Julia Parrish, executive director of the University of Washington's Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team COASST thinks that the mentioned number to be just a small portion of the total number of deaths, which may be in tens of thousands.

It is said that seabirds die during severe winters and especially during the time of powerful storms. But experts have such a large number of bird deaths can be justified by giving winter reason. One of the several tiny seabird species that have died in this massive die offs is Cassin auklets, which is scientifically known as Ptychoramphus aleuticus.

As per the Wildlife biologist reports from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, majority of Cassin's auklet birds have died due to starvation. Possible reasons can be an oil spill or toxic reaction to food.

University of Washington biologist Julia Parrish said that there are other birds as well that feed on the same types of shrimp and plankton, but they are not affected. This gives birth to another possibility that a baby boom among the Auklets has led to increased competition for food and shelter resources.

"To be this lengthy and geographically widespread, I think is kind of unprecedented. It's an interesting and somewhat mysterious event", said Phillip Johnson, executive director of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition.

Researchers are trying to find out the cause, but there is no clear reason behind the massive deaths. Parrish affirmed that they are looking for a reason that much closer to the shore.

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