|Photo from Pete Thomas Outdoors of whale shark |
near Catalina Island.
Whale sharks are usually seen in warmer waters, like in Hawaii, Mexico and the Sea of Cortez--not in California's cooler waters.
But unusual events continue along California's coastal waters.
Scientists who measure water temperatures from satellites, report that the surface of Pacific coast, especially in Southern California, is warmer than usual. They write that this warming event is "...ongoing and highly unusual" for this neck of the woods (or ocean!).
What does that mean?
For one, you won't have to go to Mexico to see a whale shark! It also means other exotic sea life will likely make their way to California waters instead of the tropical waters where they normally live.
Why is this important?
Each species of sea life prefer certain temperatures of water. So, that means changes in plankton and California's fish colony.
So while there may be more tuna in the water, there may also be less salmon (a fish that prefers cooler waters).
Warmer waters can also change the climate of a cool-water areas.
Meanwhile watch this video by award winning videographer, Becky Kagan Schott, about whale sharks.