Wind farms: Restaurants for seals?

Marine predators may be drawn to the prey that make these artificial reefs their home

By Sarah Zielinski, 14:08 PM August 14, 2014

In many places around the world, modern windmills harness the power of the wind for energy. These wind turbines can be found even offshore, along the coasts of Europe and Asia. Mussels, crabs and other aquatic life treat the underwater parts of those turbines as artificial reefs. And they, in turn, are drawing in something even bigger. A handful of harbor seals have been spotted hunting at wind farms in European waters, researchers reported July 21 in Current Biology.

The seals “are likely to ...

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