Extreme ocean warming off the coasts of England and Ireland, brought on by El Nio, has scientists worried about the fate of marine life in these regions.
Because, as reported by The Guardian, the North Sea is already 5 degrees warmer than average.
There is growing concern among scientists that rising ocean temperatures will wipe out marine life the way that forests are wiped out by wildfires.
According to data collected as far back as the 1850s, this spring saw a record-breaking increase in mercury.
The Guardian reports that the average temperature of the world's oceans has reached an all-time high of 70.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
The ocean absorbs a lot of solar energy because it covers more than 70% of Earth's surface. As part of the Earth’s natural temperature balance.
However, excess heat due to human activities is straining the system, as reported by Climate.gov. Scientists have warned.