Debris and Injured Birds in Lagoon at Midway Atoll. Floating island of debris and injured birds in lagoon at Midway Atoll. Photo source: Pete Leary/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The massive waves that churned across the Pacific after the Japan earthquake last week swept away nests protecting seabird chicks unable to fly, leaving scores dead west of Hawaii.
The death of seabirds at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge are much higher than initially thought after tsunami waves pounded the islands, officials said.