The devastating heat wave that swept through British Columbia in Canada, the past week has resulted in the death of a massive form of mussels, clams and other marine animals who live on the beaches of western Canada.
According to CNN, Christopher Harley, a professor in the department of zoology at the University of British Columbia, found countless dead mussels split open and rotting in their shells on Kitsilano Beach, a few meters from your residence in Vancouver.
Harley studies the effects of climate change in the ecology of rocky coasts where clams, mussels and starfish live, so I wanted to see how the record heat wave that hit the area from June 26 to 28 was affecting marine invertebrates, the chain said.
The expert estimates that millions of these animals, and even billions, could have died from the heat as if they had been cooked.
“I could smell that beach before arriving, because there were already many animals,” he said.. “I started taking a look at my local beach and I thought, ‘This, this can’t be good.’
In the wake of the heat wave, Harley and one of her students went to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver, which she has been visiting for more than 12 years. “It was a catastrophe there,” he said. “There is a very extensive bed of mussels that covers the coast and most of those animals had died.”
Mussels cling to rocks and other surfaces and are used to being exposed to air and sunlight at low tide, Harley said, but generally cannot survive temperatures above 38 degrees centigrade for a long time.
Temperatures in downtown Vancouver were in that band and were even higher from June 26-28.
The heat wave that settled over Canada It caused record temperatures in the interior of the country, while on the Pacific coast, where about 500 people died, dozens of fires created extreme weather conditions.