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Why West Coast Sea Life Is So Wacky Right Now - Svati Kirsten Narula - The Atlantic

California has witnessed a veritable explosion of sea life over the past six months, and whales aren't the only ones making waves. Environmental scientists said in December that they were seeing "unprecedented" numbers of brown pelicans in the San Francisco Bay Area. It's been "a months-long carnival of lunging humpback whales, bird clouds, dolphin wizardry, frenzied sea lions, playful killer whales and even visits from marine royalty — blue whales," wrote the Santa Cruz Sentinel. To borrow a line from Melville: Surely all this is not without meaning.

And meaning there is in this tale of Pacific ecology and American history. The increased activity of marine megafauna is being attributed to an anchovy boom:
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Good article!

Nice that it doesnt blame global warming. They cycles are natural. Sardines go down, anchovies go up.

Some predators have to change diet, those that cant die... Its natural and nature. The other have a field day, over reproduce and then, at some stage, starve.

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DEATH TO THE INFIDELS...YOU!!

the only solution to stopping over consumption and pollution is the end of man, you first!
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Ease up Muhummad.
Yes but there is a strong kernel of truth in that - 7 billion people generate a lot of refuse, as the population continues to grow, so does the refuse.

I have a grandson in diapers and I wholly understand the convenience of disposable diapers but every time we change one, I'm reminded that, globally, many millions of these almost-indestructible things are being disposed of every single day. The mind boggles. Just one element out of a vast array to think about and feel guilty of in the wee hours

I only have another 20 odd years on this planet (I hope it's not too much longer) so I'll try to stop worrying about it.


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human beings pull 500,000,000 lbs of seafood out of the ocean daily,maybe thats the problen?
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I remember reading an article by Thor Heyerdahl, about his being shocked at how much more pollution he found in the ocean in 1969 and 1970 voyage on Ra and RaII , than he found in 1947 on Kon-Tiki. Even taking into account the fact that it was different bodies of water, he found a lot more pollution in the second trip.
I finally watched his Kon-Tiki movie recently and was amazed by the quantity of marine life they encountered.

Overall though fishing seems pretty open to abuse as the results are hidden to most peoples eyes.


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