Locals discovered a massive fish die off on Mallacoota beaches; thousands of fish were counted along with numerous sea urchins and some penguins.
- An upwelling causes a decrease in oxygen level in the water and creates toxins, these factors can cause a kill offs.
- Changes to the East Australian Current (EAC) contributed to a stronger than usual upwelling, the EAC runs further south than it used to and is more intense.
- The East Australian Current has extended 350kms south since the 1940s.
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* We aim to keep our material as accurate and as relevant as possible. Working with climate science, a field that is being constantly updated, keeps us on our toes. Information on this site was gathered on June 1 2019; if you notice information that needs updating please let us know. For the full reference list please see the following.
“Things warm up as the East Australian Current heads south,” The Conversation, published November 21, 2014, http://theconversation.com/things-warm-up-as-the-east-australian-current-heads-south-31889