Dead Seabirds

Hundreds of Dead Seabirds Wash up on Pacific Coast

Hundreds of Cassin’s aucklets (Ptychoramphus aleuticus) — a small white-bellied seabird — have been washing up dead on the shores of the Pacific ocean from British Columbia down to San Luis Obispo, Calif. While extreme winter conditions can often cause deaths, these birds appear to have died from starvation in unprecedented numbers and experts are struggling to find out why.

Read more about the phenomenon at CBS.

Header Image: Cassin's Auklet, copyright Brian Washburn