Sea Life Is Suffocating in a ‘Dead Zone’ the Size of New Jersey

Sea Life Is Suffocating in a 'Dead Zone' the Size of New Jersey

Sea life is suffocating in a "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico that's the size of New Jersey—the largest dead zone ever measured on Earth. According to new research funded by NOAA, and led by the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMC), 8,776 square miles of water in the northern Gulf of Mexico is in a state of hypoxia. This means that the water has so little oxygen that sea life becomes smaller, less fertile, or is forced to migrate because there's not enough oxygen for respiration—the equivalent of breathing.

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