Soaring Water Temps Hurt Long Island Sound Sealife

A school of scup gather over a rocky reef in New England. Photo courtesy Wkimedia Commons.

The Westport Patch reports: The summer of 2010, among the hottest on record, warmed Long Island Sound enough to create life-threatening conditions to marine life, state environmental officials say.

Specifically, according to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, a lack of dissolved oxygen for bottom-dwellers such as lobsters, fluke, clams, young sea robins, menhaden and cunner – a condition known as “hypoxia” – effectively suffocated those species.

“If we do continue to get this increase in temperatures, we may get a shift in the species of the Long Island Sound,” Matthew Lyman, an environmental analyst with the DEP, told Patch.

According to Joe Pollina, a meteorologist at the Upton, N.Y.-based National Weather Service, which runs an observation site in Bridgeport, 2010 was “the warmest summer on record” since 1948, with average temperatures of 75 degrees.

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