Marine Animals in Hot Water
They say that you can fry an egg on a sidewalk if the temperature is hot enough. The same may be able to be said about frying fish in the ocean some day.
Recently, NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) released a report stating that the world’s oceans are the hottest they’ve ever been on record. Data for the report extends clear back to 1880, and in particular analyzes temperatures from June through August.
The worldwide ocean surface temperature was measured at 62.5 degrees F (16.9 C), which is 1.04 degrees higher than the 20th century average surface temperature. A combination of global land and ocean surface temperatures was 61.2 degrees F (16.2 C); the third warmest on record and 1.06 degrees F above the 20th century average.
Arctic sea ice coverage has been greatly affected by these temperature rises. In August, it covered approximately 2.42 million square miles (approximately 4.5 million kilometers); 18.4% less than the 1979-2000 average. Temperatures have been steadily on the rise, with the warmest this year occurring across Europe, Australia, Africa and South America. What’s more, the 10 hottest years on record have all occurred since 1997.
It may be quite some time before the oceans become a frying pan for fish or a lobster boiling pot, but I hope someone figures out a solution to the ongoing climate change problems before future generations end up with waters filled with fish-sticks instead of live fish.
By Heidi Marshall