a story for Crosscurrents about the strange season we've been having off the California coast. In it - mea culpa - I sin by saying some of these animal deaths are natural while the "dead zones" are not. It's such a convenient shorthand for a 4 minute radio piece. You can see how it has become a convenient (though blinding) shorthand for our thinking.
But a fun story for those armchair naturalists who want to know why all these animals are having such a hard time this year.
Photo by Chad King/NOAA