Researchers tie massive Pacific seabird die-off to heat wave; Researchers tie massive Pacific seabird die-off to heat wave
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Common murres look like skinny penguins but fly like F-15 fighter jets.
The North Pacific seabirds can quickly cover hundreds of miles searching for schools of small forage fish. Their powerful wings let them dive more than 150 feet (46 metres) under water to gorge on capelin, sand lance, herring, sardine and juvenile pollock.
So biologists were stunned four winters ago when carcasses of emaciated common murres showed up on beaches in what they say was the largest...