Hot ocean waters along East Coast are drawing in ‘weird’ fish and supercharging hurricane season

Hot ocean waters along East Coast are drawing in ‘weird’ fish and supercharging hurricane season

Scientists studying the warming waters in the region say it is part of a pattern and an ominous signal of climate change. A marine heat waveMuch of the Eastern Seaboard, from the Georgia coast to southern Maine, is in the midst of what scientists define as a marine heat wave. Due to human-caused buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, marine heat waves have increased dramatically in frequency, size and severity in recent decades. Shark tagging data show a “well-established summer presence” of the species off the Maine coast, he said via email. Gawarkiewicz identified the warmer-than-normal water temperatures south of Cape Hatteras as an area of particular concern.

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