Should you care about the Puffin? Alaska was where I attended kindergarten 33 years ago; it is a place very dear to my heart.
I most certainly do care about the gentle Puffin, so this was some difficult news to read... 😢
The Puffin population in Alaska are starving to death over the warming Bering Sea.
"It wasn't hard to work out the likely cause behind such an unusual surge in deaths. Necropsies on several of the bodies confirmed they were emaciated, with severe loss of mass in their wing muscles.
Ruling out various toxins and illnesses, it was fair to say the birds simply starved to death."
"More than half the population living around the local islands may have died. And, if the higher estimates are accurate, it's possible nearly all of the puffins died in this single event."
Image Source: https://phys.org/news/2018-06-threats-plight-puffin.html
Probably should clarify: the beginning of this thread about the puffins off the Bering Sea dying of starvation is definitely not heartwarming.
Like the author of the article, though, my six-year-old self had (still has) a strong spiritual connection to those seabirds.
After we'd left Alaska and I started first grade in the lower 48, I remember the kids would make fun of me and call me an "Eskimo" when they heard I'd moved there from Alaska.
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