Climate Change Brings Tropical Fish To Long Island Sound

When most people think about tropical fish they think of warm, humid places and sandy beaches and palm trees. Places like Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South East Asia spring to mind straightaway. In recent years though, more and more tropical fish are being found in parts of the world where they haven’t previously been found.

TV Wildlife host and conservationist Scott Tucker, star of the ‘Expedition New England’ show recently appeared on WTNH’s ‘Good Morning Connecticut‘ with his 6 year old son, Race, to talk about the tropical fish they found in Long Island Sound. Scott and Race spoke to Jeff Valin and discussed how rising temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf stream are resulting in more and more tropical fish being found along the northern coastline of the eastern seaboard.

Spotfin Butterfly fish, which are usually only found in the Caribean, and seahorses were amongst the tropical fish found by Scott and Race, who brought the Spotfin Butterfly into the WTNH studio in a special warm water tank. When asked by Valin what was causing the ocean temperatures to rise? Scott Tucker stated that climate change, caused by the burning of fossil fuels was the most likely cause. Tucker added that Spotfin Butterfly fish can be found off the coast of the Carolinas, but in recent years more and more are being found as far north as the Long Island Sound.

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