Offshore wind farms: A buffet for seals?

by Rebecca on July 22, 2014

in Animals in the News

From: Christian Science Monitor

Russell et al./Current Biology

By Eva Botkin-Kowacki

Researchers tracked the movements of seals through wind farms rooted in the ocean floor. These seals followed the layout of the turbines closely, demonstrating that they were foraging for food, say scientists.

Ocean wind turbines generate more than just electricity. They also appear to be creating a buffet for seals, say scientists.

When rooted in the ocean floor, a wind farm can become a sort of artificial reef, a home for invertebrate animals. These animals attract predators, which in turn attract species higher up the food chain, eventually leading to the fish that seals eat.

Read more at: Christian Science Monitor


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