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Sea Birds Found Dead on Iceland’s Shores

By Iceland Review

A number of recently-dead sea birds have been found on the beaches of Ólafsfjördur fjord, northeast Iceland, for the past few days. Steersman Kristinn Traustason counted 120 dead birds in a one-kilometer area yesterday.

Most of the birds were dovekies, 40 to 50. Traustason also counted 20 to 30 razorbilled auks, two puffins and a few thick-billed murres and Atlantic murres, Morgunbladid reports.

Traustason said he had also walked the beach on Wednesday and found a similar amount of birds. Foxes had taken some of the birds and the tide had reclaimed others.

“They had been replaced by other birds, a whole lot of them, and they had all died recently,” Traustason said, adding that he thought the birds had looked very skinny. “I think this is very strange, especially in regard to the dovekies because they are rarely spotted in this area except when there has been a strong wind from the north, which has not been the case for a long time.”

Ólafur Karl Nielsen, ornithologist at Iceland’s Institute of Natural History, said he had received many reports on dead dovekies recently, mostly from north and east Iceland, but also from the southern part of the country. Nielsen said he suspected the dovekies had died of hunger.

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