Lava, floating rocks and the Blob: the mystery behind the deaths of millions of seabirds
Scientists finally know why millions of seabirds wound up dead on Australian beaches after unravelling a complex tale involving floating rocks, an underwater volcano and possibly something called the Blob.
Back in 2013, the carcasses of short-tailed shearwaters, commonly known as muttonbirds, were found en masse along Australia’s east coast.
Clusters of carcasses even started turning up on Lord Howe Island, about 600km off the Australian coast, and across the Tasman Sea in New Zealand.
Those that weren’t dead were in such poor condition they would not take food offered by wildlife carers and quickly died.