Climate change and its impact on mussels
A study conducted by zoologist Chris Harley of UBC determined that the intertidal habitats of the Juan de Fuca Strait have decreased by 51%. The shorelines of the strait once teeming with mussels, clams, barnacles, and more, fifty years ago, have been negatively impacted by the increase in water temperatures over time. Based on a comparative research study on specific locations along the coast conducted in 1958 and 1959, Harley’s measurements today have deduced fewer species in existence. The temperatures in the strait have risen 3.5°C over the past 60 years. [Read full article].
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