Tuesday 15 November 2016

As 2016 is set to be the warmest year ever: Stunning unprecedented events reveals the state of our oceans

Thousands of California sea lions, such as this one on rocks near Canada’s Vancouver Island, died in 2014 and 2015. Many starved as they struggled to find food in an unusually warm eastern Pacific.Photograph by Paul Nicklen National Geographic

As a provisional WMO (World Meteorological Organization) Statement this week claimed 2016 to be the hottest ever recorded, we should not be surprised therefore to find our oceans to be showing signs of stress as the delicate balanced eco system is also being stretched to its limit.
This week it has been reported by Anglesey Daily Post that one of the world's rarest turtles has been washed up in Wales, Great Britain 4,000 miles from its home in the Gulf of Mexico home by strong currents. The animal, which has been called Menai, was very near death but is now on the road to recovery.
The Daily Mail are reporting  locals on the island of Colonsay in the Inner Hebrides have been trying to identify three sets of badly decomposed remains which washed ashore in August this year, which appear to be dead polar bears, see below, photo Daily Mail.
In 2010 after two reports of polar bears being washed up on the British coast that year, amazed locals reported seeing icebergs off the North-west coast of England in Morecambe bay and in the Irish Sea
Arctic sea ice remained at very low levels, especially during early 2016 and the October re-freezing period, and there was significant and very early melting of the Greenland ice sheet this year, due to the record warmth.
Ocean heat was boosted by the El Niño event, contributing to coral reef bleaching, and above-average sea-level rise.
A deadly patch of warm water along the American West coast called the ‘Pacific blob’, stretching all the way from California up to the Gulf of Alaska, Has killed thousands of California sea lions in 2014 and 2015. Many starved as they struggled to find food in an unusually warm eastern Pacific. Strange exotic tropical fish have been reported off the coast of Alaska. In the winter of 2015 blue-footed diving seabirds called Cassin’s auklets, have been washing up dead by the thousands on beaches from San Francisco to Alaska, it is thought more than 250,000 died from lack of food. An unprecedented die off  which began in 2011 along the West coast of North America when billions of sea urchins and sea stars died suddenly in what was 'one of the most unusual and dramatic die-offs marine biologists have ever recorded.'

"The Blob" Which is thought to be cooking The Pacific.

Just this month National Geographic announced a huge puffin die-off which probably is linked to hotter seas. Hundreds of the birds are washing up dead in the Bering Sea, causing alarm among scientists. It may be linked to climate change.

The Big Wobble is trying to keep updated with the mass die offs in our oceans however most of these catastrophes are not reported by main stream media and this blog is surely just scratching the surface as to the state of our sea’s, and with over fishing the future of our oceans looks pretty bleak.

Written and researched by Gary Walton... Thanks to National Geographic 

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