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26 June 2021 / KUOW / John Ryan

Extreme heat cooks shellfish alive on Puget Sound beaches

Anacortes, Washington, United States

A record-shattering heat wave June 26-28 coincided with some of the year's lowest tides on Puget Sound. The combination was lethal for millions of mussels, clams, oysters, sand dollars, barnacles, sea stars, moon snails, and other tideland creatures exposed to three afternoons of intense heat.

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