The Lingering Effects of the Blob: How a Marine Heatwave Altered the Pacific Ecosystem

In 2013, a massive marine heatwave known as the Blob appeared in the northeast Pacific.

The Blob was a massive marine heatwave that occurred in the northeast Pacific from 2013 to 2016.

The Blob caused widespread devastation from Alaska to California, killing seabirds, causing toxic algae blooms, and displacing marine life.

The Blob eventually dissipated by 2017, but its effects are still being felt today.

Yes, even after almost six years!

Some of the tropical species that migrated to the northeast Pacific during the Blob have chosen to stay.

Señorita fish, Ocean whitefish, California sheephead

These new arrivals are altering coastal ecosystems, changing the composition of fish populations, and disrupting food webs.

The long-term impacts of the Blob are still being studied, but it is clear that this marine heatwave has had a profound effect on the northeast Pacific ecosystem.

As the climate continues to change, we can expect to see more marine heatwaves like the Blob.

These events will have a significant impact on coastal ecosystems and the people who depend on them.

We need to take action to mitigate climate change and protect our oceans from the impacts of marine heatwaves.

By working together, we can ensure the resilience of coastal ecosystems and the future of fish populations.

The Lingering Effects of the Blob is a reminder of the importance of protecting our oceans.

We need to step up!