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Something Is Seriously Wrong on the East Coast—and It's Killing All the Baby Puffins

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  1. Jacie Estes

    Jacie Estes Medical Marijuana Advocate

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    The "Puffin Cam" capturing baby Petey's every chirp had been set up on Maine's Seal Island by Stephen Kress, "The Puffin Man," who founded the Audubon Society's Project Puffin in 1973. Puffins, whose orange bills and furrowed eyes make them look like penguins dressed as sad clowns, used to nest on many islands off the Maine coast, but 300 years of hunting for their meat, eggs, and feathers nearly wiped them out. Project Puffin transplanted young puffins from Newfoundland to several islands in Maine, and after years of effort the colonies were reestablished and the project became one of Audubon's great success stories. By 2013, about 1,000 puffin pairs were nesting in Maine...

    ...But Kress soon noticed that something was wrong. Puffins dine primarily on hake and herring, two teardrop-shaped fish that have always been abundant in the Gulf of Maine. But Petey's parents brought him mostly butterfish, which are shaped more like saucers. Kress watched Petey repeatedly pick up butterfish and try to swallow them. The video is absurd and tragic, because the butterfish is wider than the little gray fluff ball, who keeps tossing his head back, trying to choke down the fish, only to drop it, shaking with the effort. Petey tries again and again, but he never manages it. For weeks, his parents kept bringing him butterfish, and he kept struggling. Eventually, he began moving less and less. On July 20, Petey expired in front of a live audience. Puffin snuff.


    http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-change
     
  2. passionflower

    passionflower Just 1 tip to find a killer

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    how sad..............and the pig virus killing baby pigs.................
     
  3. Gardenlady

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    Sad, and really scary - especially about the complete lack of phytoplankton bloom, and how much else depends upon it. :(
     

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