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Sea Turtles Stranded on Cape Shores Later Than Ever

Jan 4, 2016

Boston Globe: Endangered sea turtles are washing up on the shores of Cape Cod later this winter than ever before, reflecting another sign of the sharp rise in the temperature of the waters off New England, officials from local conservation groups say.

A recent study by scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute found that the mean surface temperature of the Gulf of Maine rose 4 degrees between 2004 and 2013 — a greater rate of increase than nearly any other large body of saltwater in the world. They attributed the rapid warming to a northward shift in the Gulf Stream and changes to other major currents in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.