What do sea animals do during a hurricane?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by Catherine Griset

Though far away from the Gulf of Maine, another area of the Atlantic Ocean has been in the news lately. Two large hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, have hit the Caribbean and the southern coast of North America within the past few weeks. These hurricanes brought with them destructive winds and huge amounts of rain. Entire cities flooded and many people were encouraged to evacuate from the storms’ paths. Human communities are resilient, so a big effort will be put toward rebuilding after such an extreme weather event. It’s clear that these storms have a big impact on human communities…but what about wildlife?

 

The article below from Mother Nature Network discusses some of the techniques researches have seen marine wildlife use to stay safe. Many of the sharks and dolphins studied actually swam further out to sea in advance of the storm - alerted to its arrival by changes in pressure, salinity, and wave size.

 

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/what-happens-marine-wildlife-during-hurricanes

What are your thoughts on wildlife and hurricanes? How do you think other species survive events like this?



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