You know what is 'Heat dome' ? Well, often linked to climate change, it is an atmospheric phenomenon caused when atmosphere traps hot ocean air as if bounded by a lid or cap (think dome-like structure). This Heat Dome situation has just occurred in western Canada and the north-western US for 5 continuous days pushing temperatures in coastal area to record-breaking 40C (104F).

Unaccustomed to extreme temperatures, more than 1 billion sea animals along Canada’s Pacific coast are likely to have died from last week’s record heatwave.

Shockingly, its being reported that several tens of thousands of small marine animals like clams, mussels, sea stars, and snails were found boiled to death in a Vancouver, Canada, beach during this record-breaking heat wave and heat-dome situation in Canada.



The death of these marine-creatures will temporarily affect water quality in the area as mussels and clams filter the sea water by ingesting the suspended particles in sea water.

By calculating how many dead sea animals were found in a small area, Chris Harley, a marine biologist at the University of British Columbia, has estimated to CBC that more than a billion seashore animals living along the Salish Sea coastline might have died.


Harley was alerted to the sea-animals deaths when he smelled a foul stench coming from Vancouver's Kitsilano Beach on Sunday.

British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province, hit record-high temperatures three days in a row in late June, hitting almost 50 degrees Celsius (121.3 degrees Fahrenheit ) on June 29.

Experts have warned that British Columbia needs to adapt to the reality that sudden and sustained heatwaves are likely to become more common as a result of climate change.

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