Saturday, April 02, 2005

Climate changing before our eyes

Dolphins flourish in North Sea: "Warmer water is washing unprecedented numbers of 'southern' fish and other marine life into the previously inhospitable North Sea, according to a survey by university biologists.
More than 600 sightings of dolphins and whales - some in schools of more than 200 - have been recorded in a year-long audit of waters between Britain, Scandinavia and Germany.
Large shoals of sea bass, usually found off Cornwall, have added to the new ecology, astonishing fishermen, who described the number of squid in particular as 'unreal'. A volunteer fleet of fishing craft and pleasure yachts working for Newcastle University also charted an invasion of red mullet, pilchard and velvet crabs, all indicators of warmer seas."