dopey, or doped up … not the sharks

Breathless scientologists at Your ABC and The West Australian newspapers and other ideological ‘news’ outlets, are reporting an ocean ‘heatwave’ where sea temperatures are up to about 5C above average. I don’t know what drugs they are on, but we corrected their absurd sea level claims earlier this month.

They blame high temperature for the prevalence of sharks along WA beaches this year.

Bob Tisdale shows a chart with a slightly warmer area in the middle of the Indian Ocean, but not a lot more than a 1-1.5C anomaly.

November 2012 Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Anomalies Map

(Global SST Anomaly = +0.243 deg C). Check out and compare the 2009 anomaly map at the bottom.

It was reported in a lot of places, not just ‘The West’:

[…] The heatwave, first documented during the summer of 2010-11, resulted in water temperatures rising up to 5C above normal along the west coast, particularly off the Gascoyne and Mid West.

Water temperatures hit almost 30C off some parts of the Mid West, while near Augusta in the South West they were up to 24C.

Senior WA marine scientists Alan Pearce and Ming Feng, in a Journal of Marine Systems article published this year, said the event was “unprecedented” […]

  1. News for ocean heat wave

    1. WA ocean heatwave linked to shark attacks

      Yahoo!7 News ‎- 1 day ago
      The West Australian Department of Fisheries says it will conduct further research on a marine heatwave that has been linked to a recent spate
  2. WA ocean heatwave linked to shark attacks – ABC News (Australian

    1 day ago – Scientists say a marine heatwave off the WA coast between 2010 and 2011 could be responsible for increased shark activity. Ocean

  3. WA ocean heatwave linked to shark attacks / General News…/wa-oceanheatwave-linked-to-shark-attacks…

    1 day ago – The West Australian Department of Fisheries says it will conduct further research on a marine heatwave that has been linked to a recent spate

  4. Ocean heatwave hits WA waters bringing new fish…/oceanheatwave-hits-wa-waters-bringing-new-…

    7 Dec 2012 – Researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA) say there are clear signs an ocean heatwave along the mid-west coast has

  5. WA ocean heatwave linked to shark attacks – Topsy…oceanheatwave…/4441672

    1 day ago – The West Australian Department of Fisheries says it will conduct further research on a marine heatwave that has been linked to a recent spate

  6. WA ocean heatwave linked to shark attacks – HOTheadlines

    1 day ago – The West Australian Department of Fisheries says it will conduct further research on a marine heatwave that has been linked to a recent spate

  7. Ocean heatwave hits Western Australia – Redmap…/oceanheatwave-hits-western-australia/

    10 Dec 2012 – (Image credit: Graham Edgar). Marine biologists in Western Australia have revealed that the ocean has recorded its highest ever temperatures.

    Looks as though UWA are involved, someone got a bit too close to Lewpaper maybe?

    As I said, what heatwave?:

    (12) Indian Ocean Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Anomalies

    (60S to 30N, 20E to 120E)

    Monthly Change = -0.036 deg C

    The Southern Ocean is colder:

    (14) Southern Ocean Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Anomalies


    Monthly Change = -0.056 deg C


    Global Sea Surface Temperature anomalies cooled a little (-0.02 deg C) in November, with both hemispheres cooling. The South Atlantic and both the North and South Pacific were the only basins that warmed in November. The monthly Global Sea Surface Temperature anomalies are presently at +0.243 deg C.

    (1) Global Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies

    Monthly Change = -0.022 deg C

    So where is that 5C warming then?

    Three years ago we had an El Nino:
    Figure 3 – Global SST Anomaly Map


    OI.v2 SST anomaly data is available through the NOAA NOMADS webpage:

    UPDATE: Oh, look here, they have loads of cash to spend, is that why the scaremongering started:

    UWA scientists welcome State funding for more shark research

    Thursday, 27 September 2012

    Researchers at The University of Western Australia today welcomed the State Government announcement of $6.85m over four years for shark mitigation education and research, and the opportunity to work more closely with other organisations on the issue.

    Someone ought to tell them:

    Leeuwin Current – The Marine Climate Change – Impacts and…/leeuwin_current

    Coastal water temperatures are monitored along the Western Australian coastline by heat wave event off the WA coast (centred on the Gascoyne and mid-west may occur more often in the future with the rising trend of ocean temperature.

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley) Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Incorporated Kimberley Environmental Horticulture (KEH) is a small group of committed individuals who promote the use of indigenous plants for the landscaping of parks and gardens. Rehabilitation of Kimberley coast, bushland and pastoral regions are also high on our agenda. This includes planting seedlings, weed control, damage from erosion or any other environmental matter that comes to our attention. We come from all walks of life, from Professionals and Trades oriented occupations, Pensioners and Students, Public Servants and the Unemployed. We have a community plant nursery where we trial many old and new species, with a view to incorporating these into our landscaping trials. Our labour force are mainly volunteers, but with considerable help from the 'work for the dole' program, Indigenous Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) groups and the Ministry of Justice, with their community work orders; in this way we manage to train many people in the horticultural skills needed for indigenous plant growing. We constantly undertake field trips that cover seed and plant collection in the Kimberley. Networking around the Kimberley region and the east Pilbara is a necessary part of promoting our activities. We consult on a range of Environmental and Landscaping matters that deal with our region. Our activities involve improving Broome's residential streetscapes by including 'waterwise' priciples in planting out nature strips. Sustainable environmental horticulture is practised by members of our group. We use existing vegetation as the backbone of any plantings, using these species to advantage when planning to develop tree forms or orchards. The Broome region is sensitive to development. Subsequently many weed species have become dominant in and around developed areas. The use and movement of heavy machinery is the biggest single cause of environmental degradation. We dont live in a 'Tropical Paradise' but on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. The plants that survive best here, grow in well-drained pindan sand, and are found from the Dampier Peninsular southward to where average rainfall is below 600mm. When we use rainforest species, detail is important when planting, water catchment, sunlight and understorey species are all considered. The use of recycled 'grey' water is an advantage here as well as treated waste-water, although many local species do not fare well with nutrients from this source. We use waterwise planting methods which include harvesting asmuch rainwater as possible, with swales designed to hold up to 200 litres, to help recharge the local groundwater aquifer. There has been a serious decline in this aquifer over the last few years. With the fast expansion of the Broome peninsular, more and more land is being covered by concrete, iron and bitumen so that much less water is available to replenish the aquifer, allowing the salt content to become significantly higher. The small Broome Peninsular is on the south-western corner of the Dampier Peninsular (bound by Broome, Derby and Cape Leveque at the northern tip). Compaction by vehicles also inhibits water retention due to the content of our local pindan sand, hard as concrete in the dry, going to soft and sloppy mud after rain. None of us are botanists, inevitably we have got some names wrong, names changed, or have not gone to sub-species level. If you note a photo or description may be wrong, please e-mail to
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