Nov 16, 2015

What California wildlife tells us about ‘Godzilla’ El Niño

California
USA
by
Ryan Loughlin
,
Al Jazeera
The pelagic red crab is one of the biggest harbingers of El Niño. Photo: America Tonight
The pelagic red crab is one of the biggest harbingers of El Niño. Photo: America Tonight

Scientists and tourists in Northern California have also noticed an increase in shark sightings. In addition to species native to Baja and Southern California, like hammerheads and mako sharks, large numbers of rare and vulnerable basking sharks have been spotted as far north as Monterey, California...While it’s too early to know what impacts El Niño will have on the local economy, there is at least one early example that’s concerning for fishermen and seafood lovers. Warm temperatures are causing larger and longer blooms of algae, whose toxins are occurring in higher than normal levels in the Dungeness crab population. These findings led to a delay in the multimillion-dollar commercial crab season.