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Heat in Canada may have killed more than millions of marine animals

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The heat wave in Canada hit millions of people, but the situation, which caused fires and problems with energy supplies, did not just affect humans. More than a billion marine animals are estimated to have succumbed to the high temperatures.

Chris Harley, a biologist at the University of British Columbia, believes that the extreme temperatures experienced last week in Canada may have resulted in the death of more than a billion marine creatures, such as mussels, starfish and barnacles, in the Salish Sea, in southwest coast of the country. The devastating effect will also affect water quality in the region.

The country registered temperatures that reached the 49.6 degrees, while during the heat wave, Harley and his team used infrared cameras to detect temperatures in coastal habitats.

During the research, researchers found numerous mussels rotting in their own shells. “You could smell it even before getting close,” he said quoted by The Guardian.

“The beach doesn’t usually crack when you walk on it. But there were so many empty mussel shells everywhere that you couldn’t help it. step on dead animals“, described further.

Mussels tolerate temperatures of up to 30 degrees, and barnacles are more resistant, withstanding up to 40 degrees. However, the thermometer was very close to reaching 50 degrees for several hours of several hours, which led to several elements of these species eventually collapsing.

The death of these animals will also water quality in the region, since, for example, mussels have the function of filtering sea water.

Considering the amount of dead animals found in a small area, Harley calculated that more than a billion marine creatures may have died in the heat wave.

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