Record-shattering Heat Wave in the West Continues
The record-shattering heat wave in the West continues. Salt Lake City broke all-time record temperatures the last two days with 104℉. And there are more signs that we are heading toward climate catastrophe! Biologists estimate that a billion sea creatures have died from the incredible heat wave in the Pacific Northwest.
“As he discovered endless rows of gaping dead mussels, along with dead clams, snails, sea stars and barnacles on Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach in late June,” Chris Harley, a marine biologist at the University of British Columbia, said he was “stunned.” The scientist says mussels are the “poster child” indicator of the heat’s devastation on the ocean. They’re the most vulnerable because they can’t move to cooler water.
“A mussel on the shore in some ways is like a toddler left in a car on a hot day,” Harley told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. “They are stuck there until the parent comes back or, in this case, the tide comes back in. They’re at the mercy of the environment … during the heatwave, it just got so hot for the mussels, there was nothing they could do.”