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Alarmingly warm water in Gulf of Maine bringing changes
Description: Extreme examples of climate change that have happened elsewhere - rapidly melting glaciers, catastrophic damage from increasingly violent storms, deadly heat spikes - have not been replicated in Maine, but there are signs that ocean temperatures in the Gulf of Maine are on the rise. Officials have suggested that higher temperatures in the gulf have been a factor in bacterial outbreaks in bivalves and in sea lice infestations in Cobscook and Passamaquoddy bays. Some have put partial blame on the gulf's warmer waters for a northeasterly shift of cod in the gulf into colder waters, for declining shrimp catches and for the glut of soft-shell lobsters this past summer that plummeted prices lobstermen were receiving for their catch. [Source: Bangor Daily News]
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Source: Bangor Daily News
Publish Date: 12/17/2012
Reading Level: Basic
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