SAFS in the News: The Blob That Cooked the Pacific

SAFS professor Julia Parrish is featured in National Geographic:

‘When a deadly patch of warm water shocked the West Coast, some feared it was a preview of our future oceans… In the past few years death had become a bigger part of life in the ocean off North America’s West Coast. Millions of sea stars melted away in tide pools from Santa Barbara, California, to Sitka, Alaska, their bodies dissolving, their arms breaking free and wandering off. Hundreds of thousands of ocean-feeding seabirds tumbled dead onto beaches… I have a similar chat with Julia Parrish, a bird expert at the University of Washington, who has been tracking the murres’ deaths. She doesn’t know if the seabirds chased scarce food to strange places, got mixed up by domoic acid, or were pushed ashore by winds. “I am still just mystified,” she tells me.’

Article and excerpt by Craig Welch

Read the whole article here

Blog note: Prof. Parrish will be co-teaching FISH 330 Climate Impacts on Marine Ecosystems in Winter 2017 with Prof. Nick Bond (also featured in the article). The course is likely to cover similar topics as are discussed in this article.

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