The heatwave on the coasts of Canada has caused the death of billions of animals that are being boiled alive.
In recent years we have seen the imminent consequences of global warming increase. Unfortunately, they are increasingly exceeding expectations, and the damage is reaching limits that border on the ominous. The latest heatwave lashing Canada's Pacific coasts ended up boiling alive some marine animals piled up on the beaches showing a somber landscape.
The 'heat dome' that rose over the west coast of Canada and the northeastern United States raised temperatures to record highs for at least five days. Thermometers reached 40°C, a record of high temperatures in the region. Predictably, the consequences were evident on land, where at least 500 people died due to the heat, and hundreds of fires kindled on the forests. But the consequences that we have been less able to observe are those that occur underwater, and although they escape our living environment, it does not mean that they do not exist. This latest heatwave in Canada caused coastal temperatures to rise, boiling marine animals alive.
A billion animals perish in the face of 'heat dome'
The devastating impact on the marine ecosystem was evidenced as thousands of mussels washed up dead on beaches. It is calculated that more than a billion animals may have been killed by the unusual 'heat dome' in Canada. Those who were able to walk by the funereal landscape noticed the smell of rotting mussels, as well as thousands of empty shells piled up on the sand. Other animals such as starfish, sea snails, and clams met the same fate in the shallow water.
Photo by Chris Harley
Mussels tolerate up to 30°C; however, temperatures above this bring death to these marine animals. When temperatures exceed this limit, the weather conditions are already life-threatening, as was the case here.
The massive death of marine animals will certainly have consequences for the ecosystem, which we may not be able to observe immediately. It is thought that, for now, it will bring temporary effects to water quality since mussels and clams help filter seawater. Beyond that, water quality not only changes the visual conditions of the sea but also affects the entry of sunlight into the seabed. In other words, the death of millions of clams, mussels, sea stars, and sea snails is not the only loss. But the consequences extend to the deepest ecosystems on which the proper functioning of the oceans depends.
Photo by Chris Harley
These unusual heat waves that are occurring on the Pacific coasts are the result of human-made global warming. It is time to act and leave speculation aside. The devastating consequences are already becoming evident; if we do not change our relationship with nature, we will push the planet to the limit.
Text courtesy of Ecoosfera
Translated by María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards
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