Publicado por: pongpesca | 2019/04/04

Warming oceans may be pushing dolphins to the brink

dolphins climate change“Scientists have been warning us for years that human activity has been slowly warming up our planet. It’s not easy to see when you’re looking at localized weather patterns, but a macro view of climate trends shows the reality we’re facing. Ocean temperatures are a good way of tracking global warming, and a new study suggests that even short-term spikes in sea temperatures can have a dramatic impact on the creatures that call it home.

A new study in Current Biology looked at how ocean temperatures are affecting one of mankind’s favorite ocean creatures, dolphins, and what it reveals is more than a little bit frightening.

Using data gathered before, during, and after a heat wave in Australia back in 2011, the team of researchers kept a close eye on the population of dolphins that reside in an area known as Shark Bay. Starting in 2007, the team gathered a decade worth of data on the animals, finding that the spike in ocean temperatures had a dire effect that lasted long after the heat wave had subsided.”

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Fonte: BGR, 4 de abril de 2019.

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