Hundreds of the world’s smallest penguins have mysteriously washed up dead. What killed them?

A dead little penguin washed up on a New Zealand beach. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

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More than 500 of the world’s smallest penguins have mysteriously washed up dead on beaches across New Zealand in recent months. Experts aren’t exactly sure what killed so many of the adorable seabirds, but they suspect climate change may have played a role.

Clumps of Deceased Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor), known locally as kororā, have been reported washing up on beaches in the country’s North Island since early May The guard (opens in new tab). The largest group was a group of 183 dead birds that washed up on Ninety Mile Beach near Kaitaia last week; Another 109 penguins were found on the same beach in early May. Another group of about 100 dead penguins also washed up on Cable Bay near Nelson last week, although the exact number is unclear. New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) has now revealed several other deaths have been reported on North Island beaches, ranging from a few to dozens of bodies, The Guardian reported.

https://www.livescience.com/mass-little-penguin-die-off-new-zealand Hundreds of the world’s smallest penguins have mysteriously washed up dead. What killed them?

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