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USNPS reports 5th straight year of seabird dieoffs in Alaska; mass starvation linked to warming seas

Federal wildlife officials said Monday that the deaths of thousands of seabirds in Western Alaska this summer was because of starvation, as they investigate a fifth straight year of unusually high numbers of seabird fatalities amid warm sea surface temperatures.

Thousands of short-tailed shearwaters were reported dead and washing onto beaches in the Bristol Bay region starting in late June, the National Park Service said in a statement on Monday.

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