The scientists have proposed another serious example of consequence of warming temperatures, saying they are triggering the populations of sea slug to unfathomable numbers. According to the researchers, they are investigating the exact message behind this strange development.
The climate change has become a global issue and has been officially termed as a big threat to the Earth dwellers by the world leaders. Its responsible for almost every bad happening related to natural weather imbalances, ranging from rising sea levels, harsh storms to the hottest days and years in history.
According to the new findings, the populations of sea slugs are growing in the waters off the northern California coast amid the warming ocean temperatures that is extending the creatures’ range far beyond their natural habitat.
A Santa Cruz Sentinel report showed that the rising temperatures globally have triggered a population explosion of the Hopkins’ rose nudibranch beyond Southern California, where it is mainly found.
Generally, it is extremely uncommon in northern San Francisco, but it is spotted in tide pools far north of that.
The scientist said that these animals are very rarely found in the environment where they are now being traced, underlining the serious threat of warming temperatures on wildlife.
Monterey Bay, which is located southern part of San Francisco and San Jose, is witnessing the rise in the population of hot pink, inch-long sea slugs, which are commonly found in waters near San Diego and Los Angeles.
Even though the sea slug may appear beautiful, their effect on the environment and the local ecosystem could be very dangerous.
The study researchers are probing the unusual sea slug growths and have also recorded dozens in each square yard of the coastal regions.
John Pearse, of the University of California, Santa Cruz, said, “We haven’t seen anything like it in years. These nudibranchs are mainly southern species, and they have been all but absent for more than a decade.”
Scientists said that the seasons of El Niño in 1983 and 1998 led in the shocking rise in population of the slugs, which was similar to the one witnessed this season. But, the weather system is not available this year.
Over the last 12 months, the unusual wind patterns have warmed the waters off the North American coast, raising the temperatures of water as much as five degrees over normal.
Warmer ocean temperatures are in turn resulting in the shifting of animals outside their natural habitats.