SAN DIEGO - From huge schools of anchovies off the coast of La Lolla to a pod of 12-15 killer whales off Oceanside, scientists admit there’s some strange things going on in our ocean.
10News anchor Robert Santos found out the culprit for this and other strange marine life behavior may be what scientists refer to now as the “Blob” - a body of water in the northern Pacific that has been 5-6 degrees warmer than normal since the fall of 2013.
Nick Bond, a scientist at University of Washington, came up with the nickname and since then, it has stuck in the scientific community.
“I’m really pleased with the attention it has gotten because I think it’s an important and interesting phenomenon,” said Bond.
Since the fall of 2013, scientists spotted a second blob in the Bering Sea and a third blob along California and down into Baja California.
Scientists from the US, Canada and Mexico are here discussing the blob at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
"Last summer, part of the reduction in the June gloom was likely due to the state of the upper ocean being warmer than normal,” said Art Miller of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Scientists believe a strong ridge of high pressure over the west for two winters caused the blob. That ridge drove cold storms into the Midwest and East Coast, keeping much of the west sunny and dry and warming up the Pacific. A phenomenon, if it continues, that could drastically change our weather.
"does this blob mean we're going to change back to the warmer conditions which could mean more rainfall? We're still asking that question,” said Francisco Chavez of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
Scientists admit the answer isn't clear. But the blob does offer one piece of the puzzle. They do believe though if the blob persists for a third year, they'll know something unusual is going on.