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The lancetfish normally prowls the deep ocean, but one specimen unexpectedly washed ashore onto a beach in Nags Head, North Carolina on Monday.
That it appeared on shore at all is exceptional. The lancetfish is a deep-sea breed that rarely ever appears near beaches. Also, it is primarily only active at night, not during daylight when tourists are out and about.
originally posted by: Blackmarketeer
In related news, the ocean in some areas has become so acidic from pollution and runoff that shellfish and snail shells are dissolving:
- Snails Are Dissolving in Pacific Ocean
- Climate change: Pacific Ocean acidity dissolving shells of key species
- Ocean Acidification: The Shellfish Crisis
Maybe it's a coincidence, maybe not. We have to also remember, after the Gulf spill we dumped a huge amount of Corexit into it, which could have spread by now. At any rate, it's looking like we truly ****ed ourselves.
originally posted by: Rezlooper
They're used to nice cool waters. They're finding less and less of that in those warming deep ocean waters so they are fleeing to the surface in search of cooler waters.