Climate change threatens Galapagos cormorant

Effects of climate change in the Galapagos Islands are threatening one of the world’s rarest seabirds, the flightless cormorant.

Found on the coastlines of only two islands in the Galapagos archipelago, the cormorant relies on cold, nutrient-rich water provided by the Equatorial Undercurrent.

An increase in water temperatures can significantly reduce breeding prospects due to a decreased availability of food. Numbers are already low at about 1000 adult pairs, but have dropped as low as 400 pairs after a period of warmer water.

Read more at The University of Queensland

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