Something In The Pacific Ocean Killed A Million Seabirds – The Mystery, Unveiled

Not too long ago, we were reporting that the ocean’s water is getting warm at a faster rate than ever before.

This has been reported by a study that provides more data that Earth is warming at an accelerated pace.

A million seabirds died in less than 12 months 

It’s been revealed that about a million seabirds died at sea in less than a year in something that’s called one of the largest mass die-offs in recorded history.

Experts blame this on warm ocean waters.

It seems that the birds are included in a fish0eating species that’s called the common murre, and they were severely emaciated and appeared to have died of starvation between the summer of 2015 and the spring of 2016.

They washed up along North America’s west coast from California to Alaska.

“The Blob” is responsible for the mass killing of seabirds 

Experts claim that they know what caused this – there is an extensive section of warm water in the northeast Pacific Ocean called “the Blob.”

CNN revealed that a years-long severe marine heatwave first began back in 2013, and it seems that this intensified during the summer of 2015. \
The reason was a powerful weather phenomenon called El Nino, which lasted through 2016.

 

The heatwave created the Blob – “this is a 1,000-mile (1,600 km) stretch of ocean that was warmed by 3 to 6 degrees Celsius (5.4 to 10.8 Fahrenheit),” according to CNN.

The website also noted that the high-pressure ridge calmed the ocean waters – this means that the heat remains in the water, without being able to benefit from storms to help cool it down.

These few degrees of warming managed to break the equilibrium of the marine ecosystem of this region.

This is translated into a massive drop in the production of microscopic algae that feed a large range of animals, including shrimp, whales, and more.

It’s been also revealed that this warmth caused a huge bloom of harmful algae along the west coast, and these killed a lot of animals, including the seabirds mentioned in the title.

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