Suffocating waters

Coastal animals around the world are spending more time in or around waters with too little oxygen

By Cecile LeBlanc, 16:22 PM March 29, 2012


Take a deep breath and hold it for 30 seconds.


Now you know what it’s like for fish in a coastal dead zone, a place where there’s little or no oxygen in the water, says Robert Diaz. He’s a researcher at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point.


You can catch your breath after 30 seconds. But in a dead zone animals can’t. So fish, crabs and other critters that enter a dead zone will quickly leave. Sea life that can’t swim away may suffocate. “This is how dead zones get the...

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