The ocean off the coast of California is “turning into a desert” – marine ecosystem crash is unprecedented

This is what happens when we turn our heads, when we say nothing. How long will we remain silent?

The Extinction Protocol

Dead Seals
A cart of deceased malnourished and dehydrated sea lions that had been stranded along the northern California coast, await their turn for necropsy. Photograph: Peter Dasilva/EPA
May 2015OCEAN HEALTHThe waters of the Pacific off the coast of California are a clear, shimmering blue today, so transparent it’s possible to see the sandy bottom below. Viewing the ocean from the state’s famous craggy headlands, it’s impossible to know that the ocean’s unusual clarity is hiding a cruel beauty: clear water is a sign that the ocean is turning into a desert, and the chain reaction that causes that bitter clarity is perhaps most obvious on the beaches of the Golden State, where thousands of emaciated sea lion pups are stranded. Sea lions are a ubiquitous part of the Californian landscape – they’re up and down beaches, piers and wharfs, with an overall population estimated at around 300,000…

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