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Shellfish in Canada boiled in sea in record heat wave

Christian Fernsby |
Tens of thousands of clams, mussels, sea stars, and snails were found boiled to death in a Vancouver, Canada, beach during the country's record-breaking heat wave.

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Chris Harley, a marine biologist at the University of British Columbia, was alerted to the deaths when he smelled a foul stench coming from Vancouver's Kitsilano Beach on Sunday.

He told Canada's CBC news network he was "stunned" to make the discovery.

British Columbia hit record-high temperatures three days in a row in late June, hitting 121.3 degrees Fahrenheit on June 29.

It is not clear when the shellfish died. Harley told the CBC that most intertidal animals can only bear a temperatures of up to 86 Fahrenheit; thermal imaging on June 28 showed that the temperature on the Vancouver coastline hit about 122 degrees.

The death of these animals will temporarily affect water quality in the area as mussels and clams filter the sea, Harley said, according to CBC.


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