It has been reported that the extreme heat in the western provinces of Canada caused the death of hundreds of millions of sea creatures.
University of British Columbia (UBC) Marine Ecologist Dr. Chris Harley told CTV that the record-breaking temperatures are having a devastating effect on intertidal animals such as mussels, oysters, starfish and other invertebrates.
Harley noted that many of these animals, known as “intertidal animals,” are vulnerable to heatwaves along the coastline when the water recedes.
“Clams are like little kids left in a parked car. When the tide goes down, they’re completely at the mercy of the environment,” Harley said.
Explaining that he and his team are working on the Vancouver coastline, Harley noted that dead mussels now cover many coastlines and the smell of their remains will probably be noticed by those who go to the beach.
“MORE THAN 1 BILLION SEA LIFE DIE”
Basing their observations and predictions on field samples, temperature logs, and infrared cameras used during the heat wave, Harley and his team estimate that more than 1 billion sea creatures have died in the extreme heat that started in the last week of May and is still effective.
The same is happening in the Strait of Georgia and Washington state, USA, according to Harley and his team, whose research focused on the Lower Mainland region.
“This is an unprecedented event, but it will soon become a regular occurrence,” said Chris Harley.
Harley said she wasn’t sure how long it would take for intertidal animals to recover, but she was concerned that extreme heat waves would become more common and severe in the future.
RECORD INCREASE IN EXCESSIVE HEATS
There were record increases in the extreme heat that has been under the influence of the Canadian province of British Columbia for a while.
Lisa Lapointe, head of the British Columbia Forensic Medicine Institute, announced that a total of 719 people died from extreme heat in the week between June 25 and July 1 across the province.
On the other hand, forest fires are taking place in more than 200 points across the state caused by the extreme heat.
Firefighters and volunteers from other states also support the work to respond to forest fires.