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Bird deaths caused by ocean 'blob,' study finds; Warm ocean water led to die-offs of common murres

Jan 16, 2020 - Los Angeles Times

In the fall of 2015, two years into a heat wave in the Pacific Ocean colloquially known as "the Blob," an unusually large influx of common murres, a small northern seabird, began to wash ashore.

They overwhelmed rehabilitation centers.

They stopped laying as many eggs.

Their starved carcasses littered the coasts from California to the Gulf of Alaska.

Scientists believe they now know what went wrong. The answer involves the Blob and how it rippled across multiple levels of...