Global Warming

Seafood Soup

Freakishly warm water off the northern tip of New Zealand during early February cooked up to 500,000 wild mussels alive in an event linked to climate change.

Auckland resident Brandon Ferguson discovered the dead mollusks as he waded through water choked with mussel shells. Similar die-offs have been observed in New Zealand during recent years involving clams and cockles.

“The common denominators seem to be really hot conditions with lots of sunlight and unusually calm waters for an extended period,” said Waikato University marine ecologist Chris Battershill.

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