Article by: TheCoolCuttlefish
Usually, a hurricane forms in warm, tropical waters. This also happens to be a very popular place for marine ecosystems, and coral reefs.
When hurricanes go through these areas with coral reefs, frequently they are completely demolished by the storm. An example of this is Cozumel a popular dive spot in 2005, hurricane Wilma caused a huge disruption in Cozumel’s reefs; they are still recovering to this day.
Additionally, sharks and dolphins can sense the pressure changes hurricanes create and they swim out of harm’s way. When Hurricane Harvey made land fall on Texas, scientists recorded that in the eye of the hurricane had a negative pressure of 938mb compared to untouched hurricane areas!
Fish, sadly, do not have the ability to sense the pressure change and cannot evade the storms. Most fish are greatly affected from the storms that enter into their ecosystem.
So yes, just like humans, marine life is affected by hurricanes and other tropical storms. While Hurricane Harvey is coming into Texas, please keep all life on shore and underwater in your thoughts.