The ocean’s floor temperature this week is way above the seasonal common and breaks a file beforehand set in 2016, the warmest 12 months ever recorded. July 2023 is broadly anticipated to be the hottest month in historical past.
A examine in 2019 discovered that marine heatwaves are changing into extra frequent because the earth warms.
The results to ocean species are akin to a wildfire sweeping by a forest: Heatwaves wipe out species, and might drive behavioral modifications in some animals. Predatory animals, like sharks, can develop into aggressive in hotter temperatures as a result of they’re confused.