Friday, 25 January 2019 15:16

Cruiseship to dim lights to save birds

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Cruiseships in New Zealand have been told to dim their lights at night after a flock of seabirds flew straight into a vessel last year. About 70 dazzled Buller's Shearwaters hit the Pacific Jewel and ended up stunned on the deck. Although crew tried to rescue them by delivering them to the Department of Conservation (DOC) in Auckland, 33 died and more were injured. DOC principal science advisor Graeme Taylor stated that bright lights on cruiseships posed a risk to seabirds flying at night in the Hauraki Gulf looking for food, and to young birds leaving breeding colonies for the first time. Vessels have been asked to close blinds or curtains on cabin windows and shield deck lights.

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