Warmer East Australian Currents may be Driving Seabird Species Away

Researchers across the world are confounded by the decline of Australia’s seabirds. The decline has been observed over almost two decades.

The wandering albatross may very soon be a thing of the past. Unexplained fall in their number has left researchers and scientists alarmed. The albatross and more than 12 other different birds will fast go extinct if the cause for their decline is not investigated. Australia’s south east coast could be getting too warm to facilitate their fostering, suggests a recent study. The sightings between 2000 and 2016, revealed these results.

Seabirds are essential to the thriving eco system of the ocean. They act as prey. Their disappearing act could prove to be detrimental to the balance in this environment.

“Our findings are worrying, not just because 13 of our more common species are declining, but because we don’t know for sure what is driving these declines,” lead author and University of NSW honors student, Simon Gorta, said on Monday. UNSW Centre for Ecosystem Science concluded that warm oceans could be one of reasons driving them away. Globally soaring temperatures will make the survival of species flourishing in cooler climates, difficult. The east Australian current has strengthened off the country’s south-east, which has led to warmer and less productive waters in the region. Climate change is surfacing with a forest fire effect, slowly leading to fall and decline in the natural balance.

The research, published in the international scientific journal Biological Conservation, was based on data collected by birdwatchers who go out to sea almost monthly.