Scientists at the University of Washington are saying that a section of warm ocean water was the cause of a million bird deaths in recent years.
“A years-long severe marine heat wave first began in 2013, and intensified during the summer of 2015 due to a powerful weather phenomenon called El Nino, which lasted through 2016,” reports CNN, which led to a drop in essential algae that feeds tons of marine life, including birds.
The species of bird called the common murre experienced as many as one million deaths, with their bodies washing up on the west coasts of the US.
The study published in the journal Plos One suggests that the birds died of starvation due to higher competition for less food in the ocean.
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