Climate Change’s Effect on Marine Mammals

Barry Nerhus

Originally published on BarryNerhus.com

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Back in 2002, researchers discovered a deadly virus among European harbor seals located in the North Atlantic Ocean. This eventually spread to sea lions, seals, and otters living in the North Pacific Ocean. Scientists eventually found that this was phocine distemper virus, which specifically targets marine mammals’ nervous and respiratory systems. Tens of thousands of harbor seals were killed, but what was even more baffling was how this disease traveled across literal oceans.

As Associate Director of the One Health Institute at UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine, Tracey Goldstein and her colleagues studied 15 years of collected data that measured Arctic sea ice and tagged animals, courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They found that melting ice as a result of a steadily warming climate created a pathway for this virus to travel along, hence the spread to Pacific marine mammals.

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6 Responses

  1. All our animals are so important to us……

    People Ain’t No Good

    We don’t need human’s
    Look at us, standing tall and proud
    Why do you pollute our sky?
    Why do you stain our land?

    Hiding under sacred hoods
    People ain’t no good

    We don’t need human’s
    Look at us. walk and fly
    Why do you catch and cage us?
    Why do you shot us and make our babies cry?

    Hiding under sacred hoods
    People ain’t no good

    We don’t need human’s
    Look at us, swim and dive
    We don’t need human’s
    Look at us, eye to eye, and don’t lie
    Why do you poison our earth’s waters?
    Why are you committing suicide?

    Hiding under sacred hoods
    People ain’t no good

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