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Puffin Chicks in Gulf of Maine's Largest Colony Starve to Death at Record Rate

Aug 23, 2016

Portland Press Herald: A drop in the food supply this summer, possibly tied to warmer Gulf of Maine waters, leads to the worst survival rate ever tracked on Machias Seal Island. This year is shaping up to be the second-warmest on record for the gulf, said Andrew Pershing, chief scientific officer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland. As of Monday, the average sea surface temperature across the gulf this year has been 66.2 degrees, 3 degrees above normal. The only warmer year was 2012, when temperatures ran 5 degrees above normal.