Sea Shorts: A wreck of seabirds

Nature can be harsh. For the seabirds of Jersey (Channel Islands), the winter four years ago was especially harsh.

Storm after storm after storm battered the Island. Seabirds battled through high winds and big waves for find food and shelter. Sadly, sheer exhaustion and starvation meant many of the birds simply drowned. 

 Just some of the seabird wreck that hit Jersey (Channel Islands) in 2014. Credit Samantha Andrews/Ocean Oculus

Just some of the seabird wreck that hit Jersey (Channel Islands) in 2014. Credit Samantha Andrews/Ocean Oculus

 

By the end of March, 1,022 birds had washed up on Jersey's shores. This number of birds in this "seabird wreck" is likely only a small portion of the birds that passed during the storms. Not all of the bodies that washed ashore would have been spotted and recorded, and many more may never have reached the Island.

You can find out more about this seabird wreck in my story written for the Marine Scientist, and available to read in full here.