Italy: massacre of birds killed by a toxic alga



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Italy: massacre of birds killed by a toxic alga

In Italy, a massacre of birds due to a toxic alga. The massacre took place on the beach of Palidoro, in the province of Rome due to a toxic seaweed. These are specimens of shearwater, a species declared at risk of extinction by the IUCN Red List.

Experts said: "Unfortunately this problem is repeated cyclically in our seas. In the recent past it has been seen that the cause of death depends on the fact that the Lesser Shearwaters ingest fish that feed on algae which have been found to be toxic to these birds to understand if the phenomenon was repeated again this time, but it is very probable.

Unfortunately we have to record the death of a large number of Berte on the North Coast, between Passoscuro and Marina di San Nicola. In all probability it is the now recurring and sadly widespread phenomenon caused by a toxic alga, which blooms precisely at this time of year and which is lethal for these birds who accumulate it through the ingestion of fish."

After 3000 years, 7 Tasmanian Devil puppies are born in Australia

It has not happened for over 3 thousand years that at least 7 Tasmanian Devil puppies were born in Australia: the species had in fact left the Australian mainland to migrate to the homonymous island, where the Devil became endemic, despite today its habitat is threatened.

The only specimens have continued to live and reproduce on the largest island in Australia, from which the species takes its name. The birth of the cubs took place in the Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary, an area of ​​400 hectares where there are 26 specimens.

The puppies are in good health. In total, there would be about 25 thousand specimens of Tasmanian Devil and in 2008 the species was included by the IUCN in the Red List among those in danger of extinction. Since the 1990s, the population has drastically decreased, mainly due to a facial tumor that affects only this species.

Through the official Instagram page, Wild.ark said: "The wilds of mainland Australia are experiencing a special kind of baby boom, one that hasn't happened here in more than 3,000 years. WildArk, in partnership with @aussieArk and @rewild, are celebrating the birth of 7 Tasmanian Devil joeys born into Aussie Ark's 400 hectare Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Aussie Ark team have been working tirelessly for the better part of 10 years to return Devils to the wild of mainland Australia with the hope that they would establish a sustainable."