The Heat wave spreading through British Columbia, Ann Canada, Mussels, clams and other marine animals living off the coast of western Canada have died en masse in the past week.
According to CNN, Christopher Harley, a professor of zoology at the University of British Columbia, found countless dead mussels open and rotting on Kitsilano Beach, a few meters from his home in Vancouver.
Harley is exploring the effects of climate change on the environment of rocky beaches inhabited by clams, mussels and starfish, so he wanted to see how the record heat wave that hit the region from 26 to 28 is affecting marine invertebrates.
The expert evaluates it These millions of animals, and even billions, may have died from the heat as they were cooked.
“I could smell that beach before I went there because there were already a lot of animals,” he said. “I started looking at my local beach and thought,‘ This, this can’t be better ’.
Following the heat wave, Harley and one of his students moved to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver, where he has been visiting for more than 12 years. “It was a disaster there,” he said. “There’s a very elaborate bed of mussels covering the beach, and most of those animals are dead.”
Muscles stick to rocks and other surfaces and are exposed to wind and sunlight in low waves, Harley said, but generally cannot survive long temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius.
Temperatures in downtown Vancouver were in that band, still high from June 26-28.
The heat wave that settled in Canada caused record temperatures inside the country, while about 500 people died on the Pacific coast, while dozens of fires created extreme weather conditions.