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Heatwave cooks mussels in their shells on California shore

Melanie Wong | Jun 30, 201901:06 AM    

" . . . A record-breaking June heatwave apparently caused the largest die-off of mussels in at least 15 years at Bodega Head, a small headland on the northern California bay. And Sones received reports from other researchers of similar mass mussel deaths at various beaches across roughly 140 miles of coastline.

While the people who flocked to the Pacific to enjoy a rare 80F beach day soaked up the sun, so did the mussel beds – where the rock-bound mollusks could have been experiencing temperatures above 100F at low tide, literally roasting in their shells. . .

'These events are definitely becoming more frequent, and more severe,' said Harley, citing diminishing mussel beds along the west coast, up to British Columbia. 'Mussels are one of the canaries in the coal mine for climate change, only this canary provides food and habitat for hundreds of other species'.”

Heatwave cooks mussels in their shells on California shore

Temperatures lead to what appears to be largest local die-off in 15 years, raising fears for broader ecosystem

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