While most of the cause has been attributed to a warming Arctic climate, a new study from the University of Alaska Fairbanks has found evidence that warming waters outside of the Arctic are impacting sea ice as well.
This could pose challenges for raft trips and fishing in Glacier Bay National Park.
The new warming trend started in mid-June.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday that the 70 dead whales seen this year in the U.S. constitute “an unusual mortality event.”
While the orcas of Puget Sound are sliding toward extinction, orcas farther north have been expanding their numbers. Their burgeoning hunger for big fish may be causing the killer whales’ main prey, chinook salmon, to shrink up and down the West Coast.
Officials blame the failure of a pen near Washington’s Cypress Island on high tides caused by the eclipse, but that is being questioned. Fishing boats are scrambling to catch as many as possible.
Equatorial Pacific Ocean finally shows signs of cooling, but the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea are still extremely warm. Latest research indicates both phenomenon helped with each other’s formation between 2013 and 2015.
Scientists expect warm ocean temperatures will continue affecting climate, weather, and marine life throughout the year.
Scientists suspect mass of warm water in Pacific may have influenced weather and attracted unusual marine species.