Declining fish stocks near the surface of the British Columbia coast have shown the scientific community an unexpected advantage: levels of mercury in seabirds located in the area have remained relatively stable for the past 50 years because they have had to feed in areas with more sulfate-reducing bacteria that could control mercury levels in organisms.
Bird droppings may help keep Arctic temperatures cool. According to one study, ammonia-rich bird droppings have a cooling effect on Arctic temperatures.
Researchers from the University of California, Davis have discovered that an olfactory cue catches the attention of the birds and convinces them that marine plastic is food. In a recently published study in the journal Science Advances, the reason behind ocean-faring birds ingesting large amounts of plastic has been revealed: marine plastic debris emits the scent of a sulfurous compound that some seabirds have relied upon for thousands of years to tell them where to find food.
An injured Northern Gannet seabird recently underwent life-saving surgery at the South Florida Wildlife Center to remove a hook from its stomach and treat two bullet wounds. Doctors say the animal has a rough road to recovery ahead.
A 50-year study recently revealed that southern giant petrel seabirds living on the Antarctic island of Signy have experienced substantial population declines and reduced breeding success.
The oldest known bird -- an albatross named Wisdom -- is about to lay another egg at 64 years old. Researchers believe she has raised as many as 36 chicks and clocked over six million ocean miles of flight time.
A recent study by the University of Oxford looked at these seabirds, which sometimes dive deep into waves to grab the same fish dolphins are seeking. Numbering at about 340,000-410,000 pairs worldwide, they're considered a conservation priority.
Kelp Gull attacks have taken their toll on southern right whales over the last four decades – in particular, their calves – which the gulls routinely gouge in the back to feed off their skin and blubber. Now researchers are wondering if the wounds the birds cause are contributing to the increasing mortality rate of these majestic whales.
Using a new, specialized net, a team of researchers recently collected polar cod (Boreogadus saida) from their icy homes in order to better understand the fishes' large-scale distribution and origin as well as the predators that feed on them.
Amid hilly islands, 50 volcanoes, and blue-green waters north of New Zealand, that nation has committed to a 239,383-square-mile marine preserve. It has the world's second-deepest trench, and not all species are yet known.
A new study suggests that Northern Gannets fly higher than thought during breeding season when they have to travel long distances for food and that 12 times as many of these birds than previously surmised could be killed by wind turbine blades.
Great diversity, reproductive action, and seabird feeding was taking place in the pitch-dark, three consecutive winters that researchers recently spent in the Arctic Circle. In their report, they talk about the wisdom of allowing human industry into a very busy, and rare, wildlife region.
New research reveals the percentage of plastic inside the average seabird.
Particularly in the Russian Far East, near Japan, the country's ban on large-scale driftnets might really help some of the 400,000 seabirds caught in gillnets worldwide each year.