Re: NANFA-- shovelnose guitarfish

Bruce Stallsmith (
Wed, 04 Jul 2001 21:11:09 -0400

>I spent the past few days on the Washington coast. On one beach I found a
>dead shovelnose guitarfish about 20 inches long That was pretty cool,
>because it isn't supposed to be found north of San Francisco. I'm curious
>if anyone has seen that fish north of San Francisco.
A lot of species have been found north of their historic ranges in the
Pacific during and after the last El Nino event. Sea surface temperatures
have been rising in the NE Pacific, possibly related to a marked warming
trend in Alaska. We're probably approaching another El Nino in the next year
or two, and it'll be interesting to see if the previous trend is extended.
Those of you who are global warming skeptics will have to wait until the
Wall Street Journal decides on its next move...

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A
"Happy fourth of joo-lie!"

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