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Old 03-19-2011, 08:04 PM   #1
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Default Death of seabirds due to tsunami at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

From CNN, 3/19/2011:

Tsunami washes away feathered victims west of Hawaii - CNN.com

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The massive waves that churned across the Pacific after the Japan earthquake last week swept away nests protecting seabird chicks unable to fly, leaving scores dead west of Hawaii.
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...22% of this year's albatross hatchlings were lost as a result of the tsunamis and two winter storms that struck the refuge earlier this year.
About 110,000 Layson and black-footed albatross chicks were killed, along with 2,000 adults, officials said.
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:40 PM   #2
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Could be that in Ocean Ecology every decade or century a Tsunami washes over an Island just like a Prairie fire sweeps over a grassland. If I remember correctly some Islands were having trouble with Rats that were brought to these Isolated Islands by Ship,,Maybe the Tsunami took care of that problem.
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Very good point.
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