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Bird carcasses along Pacific shore baffle biologists
Bird carcasses along Pacific shore baffle biologists

The carcasses of thousands of small birds called Cassin's auklets have been washing ashore over the last few months from Northern California up to the north coast of Washington. Scientists along the Pacific Coast have been trying to determine what is causing the large die-off of the birds this winter. The University of Washington's Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team has seen more than 1,200 bodies wash ashore since fall began. Executive Director Julia Parrish thinks that is only a small fraction of the total number of dead birds. It is probably in the tens of thousands, she said. Parrish, a professor of marine sciences at the University of Washington, said the...