Christopher Harley, a professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia, found countless dead mussels rotting in their shells off the coast of Kitsilano.
100 crore sea creatures found dead due to heat (Photo Credits: Twitter)
The horrific heat that broke British Columbia’s record temperature last week is believed to be responsible for the death of more than 100 million sea creatures on the coasts of western Canada. The effect of five days of terrible heat was also seen in North-West America. Scientists say that the temperature increased so much that these sea creatures could not tolerate it and were killed. The heat can be gauged from the fact that cracks appeared on the roads and even the walls of the houses melted.
According to the news of the New York Times, due to the terrible heat that lasted for two weeks, about 100 million sea creatures were found dead on the sea coast near the western US and Canada. During this, hundreds of people lost their lives and hundreds of forests came under fire. This summer has had a very bad effect on marine life.
walking on the shore means walking on dead creatures
Harley believes that more than a billion marine species have died due to the record-breaking heat. To study the effects of climate change on the ecology of rocky beaches, he claimed to be walking a beach in the Vancouver area and said he could smell the beach because of the dead animals of the previous day.
Harley even said that when we walk on the beach it is usually not crunch but there are many empty mussel oysters scattered here and we walked on the beach while traveling on dead animals. He explained that mussels attach themselves to rocks and other surfaces and become accustomed to exposure to wind and sunlight during low tide. However, he said that they usually cannot survive temperatures above 100 degrees for very long.
snails were rotting inside the cell
According to the report, snails were rotting inside their cells and dry and dead sea stars were seen near rocks and stones. The expert said the extinction of these species on such a large scale would have a temporary impact on water quality as mussels and clams filter the ocean. Let us tell you that in the last two weeks of June, the temperature in Canada and North-West America had reached 49.5 degree Celsius. This was a new summer record. Schools were closed due to heat and corona testing centers were also locked.
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