Is climate change causing ‘divorce’ among Albatross birds? -study
The albatross is regarded as one of the most “romantic” species in the animal kingdom, their love lives – specifically their mating dance – long a subject of scientific interest.
Albatross scavenge fish scraps left over from the Ocean Sunset commercial fishing boat in the Pacific Ocean off of Ucluelet. Climate change and rising water temperatures are causing the Albatross – among the most monogamous animal species in the world – to break up with their partners at increasing rates, according to a new study published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal The Journal of the Royal Society Interface .
The study found that while the rates of partners splitting in the albatross population is low under typical conditions at just 1% to 3%, years that brought unusually warm waters saw a consistent rise in rates of separation, with the highest rate recorded being nearly 8% – nearly triple what it is under a normal ecosystem.
The albatross is regarded as one of the most “romantic” species in the animal kingdom, their love lives long a subject of scientific interest. They breed less frequently than typical bird species and invest more time in raising their offspring. Albatrosses are also known for their […]