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Ocean Shock

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Portugal mourns sardines' escape to cooler waters
In Lisbon's ancient Alfama neighborhood, June is the month to celebrate the saints. Almost every neighborhood throws a party, known as an arraial. Some are just a scattering of makeshift tables in alleyways. Others cover several blocks and are jammed with tourists and locals alike. The saints are quickly forgotten in the din of pumping pop music, longing fado songs, brass bands, chattering families, indiscreet lovers and flirty teens. The sardines are not. They're the star of every party.

The fish are so popular here, fisheries managers estimate that the Portuguese collectively eat 13 sardines every second during a typical June – about 34 million fish for the month.

But as climate change warms the seas and inland estuaries, sardines are getting harder and harder to catch. Just a week before the festival, authorities postponed sardine fishing in some ports out of a fear that the diminishing population, vulnerable to changes in the Atlantic's water temperatures, was being overfished.

In the last few decades, the world's oceans have undergone the most rapid warming on record. Currents have shifted. These changes are for the most part invisible. But this hidden climate change has had a disturbing impact on marine life – in effect, creating an epic underwater refugee crisis.
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October 30, 2018
Fishermen are seen at work in the port of Matosinhos, Portugal, May 28, 2018. Picture taken May 28, 2018....
Matosinhos, Portugal
Fishermen are seen at work in the port of Matosinhos
Fishermen are seen at work in the port of Matosinhos, Portugal, May 28, 2018. Picture taken May 28, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
Fishermen remove fish from the boat at the port of Matosinhos in Portugal, May 28, 2018. Picture taken...
Matosinhos, Portugal
Fishermen remove fish from the boat at the port of Matosinhos in Portugal
Fishermen remove fish from the boat at the port of Matosinhos in Portugal, May 28, 2018. Picture taken May 28, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
Anchovies are seen after being removed from the boat at the port of Matosinhos in Portugal, May 29, 2018....
Matosinhos, Portugal
Anchovies are seen after being removed from the boat at the port of Matosinhos in Portugal
Anchovies are seen after being removed from the boat at the port of Matosinhos in Portugal, May 29, 2018. Picture taken May 29, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
A fisherman brings fish to the auction at the port of Matosinhos in Portugal, May 28, 2018. Picture taken...
Matosinhos, Portugal
A fisherman brings fish to the auction at the port of Matosinhos in Portugal
A fisherman brings fish to the auction at the port of Matosinhos in Portugal, May 28, 2018. Picture taken May 28, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
Fisherman Erbes Martins sews his fishing net in the port of Peniche, Portugal, February 6, 2018. Picture...
Peniche, Portugal
Fisherman Erbes Martins sews his fishing net in the port of Peniche
Fisherman Erbes Martins sews his fishing net in the port of Peniche, Portugal, February 6, 2018. Picture taken February 6, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
A fisherman unloads sardines at the port in Matosinhos, Portugal, May 28, 2018. Picture taken May 28,...
Matosinhos, Portugal
A fisherman unloads sardines at the port in Matosinhos
A fisherman unloads sardines at the port in Matosinhos, Portugal, May 28, 2018. Picture taken May 28, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
Fishermen pull a boat ashore at Angeiras beach near Matosinhos, Portugal, February 12, 2018. Picture...
Matosinhos, Portugal
Fishermen pull a boat ashore at Angeiras beach near Matosinhos, Portugal
Fishermen pull a boat ashore at Angeiras beach near Matosinhos, Portugal, February 12, 2018. Picture taken February 12, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
People take part in the Saint Anthony procession in Lisbon, Portugal, June 13, 2018. Picture taken June...
Lisbon, Portugal
People take part in the Saint Anthony procession in Lisbon
People take part in the Saint Anthony procession in Lisbon, Portugal, June 13, 2018. Picture taken June 13, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
A fisherman leaves the port in Matosinhos, Portugal, May 29, 2018. Picture taken May 29, 2018. To match...
Matosinhos, Portugal
A fisherman leaves the port in Matosinhos
A fisherman leaves the port in Matosinhos, Portugal, May 29, 2018. Picture taken May 29, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
People carry the figure of Saint Joao da Praca during the Saint Anthony procession in Lisbon, Portugal,...
Lisbon, Portugal
People carry the figure of Saint Joao da Praca during the Saint Anthony procession in Lisbon
People carry the figure of Saint Joao da Praca during the Saint Anthony procession in Lisbon, Portugal, June 13, 2018. Picture taken June 13, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
A man grills sardines in the Bica neighbourhood in Lisbon, Portugal, June 14, 2018. Picture taken June...
Lisbon, Portugal
A man grills sardines in the Bica neighbourhood in Lisbon
A man grills sardines in the Bica neighbourhood in Lisbon, Portugal, June 14, 2018. Picture taken June 14, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
People watch the Saint Anthony figure (not seen) passing by during the Saint Anthony procession in the...
Lisbon, Portugal
People watch the Saint Anthony figure passing by during the Saint Anthony procession in the Alfama neighbourhood...
People watch the Saint Anthony figure (not seen) passing by during the Saint Anthony procession in the Alfama neighbourhood in Lisbon, Portugal, June 13, 2018. Picture taken June 13, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
People sit outside in the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon, Portugal,...
Lisbon, Portugal
People sit outside in the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon
People sit outside in the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon, Portugal, June 16, 2018. Picture taken June 16, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
People walk in the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon, Portugal, June...
Lisbon, Portugal
People walk in the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon
People walk in the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon, Portugal, June 16, 2018. Picture taken June 16, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
Fishermen watch the bidding at an auction in the port of Matosinhos, Portugal, May 28, 2018. Picture...
Matosinhos, Portugal
Fishermen watch the bidding at an auction in the port of Matosinhos
Fishermen watch the bidding at an auction in the port of Matosinhos, Portugal, May 28, 2018. Picture taken May 28, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
A man wears a sardine hat in the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon,...
Lisbon, Portugal
A man wears a sardine hat in the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon...
A man wears a sardine hat in the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon, Portugal June 16, 2018. Picture taken June 16, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
A general view of the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon, Portugal,...
Lisbon, Portugal
A general view of the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon
A general view of the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon, Portugal, June 16, 2018. Picture taken June 16, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
A man grills sardines in the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon, Portugal,...
Lisbon, Portugal
A man grills sardines in the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon
A man grills sardines in the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon, Portugal, June 17, 2018. Picture taken June 17, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
A woman sings among people in the Bica neighbourhood in Lisbon, Portugal June 14, 2018. Picture taken...
Lisbon, Portugal
A woman sings among people in the Bica neighbourhood in Lisbon
A woman sings among people in the Bica neighbourhood in Lisbon, Portugal June 14, 2018. Picture taken June 14, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
A woman passes by cans of sardines displayed in a store in Lisbon, Portugal, June 15, 2018. Picture taken...
Lisbon, Portugal
A woman passes by cans of sardines displayed in a store in Lisbon
A woman passes by cans of sardines displayed in a store in Lisbon, Portugal, June 15, 2018. Picture taken June 15, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
A general view of the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon, Portugal,...
Lisbon, Portugal
A general view of the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon
A general view of the Alfama neighbourhood during the festival of Popular Saints in Lisbon, Portugal, June 16, 2018. Picture taken June 16, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
Fishermen remove fish from the boat at the port of Matosinhos in Portugal, May 28, 2018. Picture taken...
Matosinhos, Portugal
Fishermen remove fish from the boat at the port of Matosinhos in Portugal
Fishermen remove fish from the boat at the port of Matosinhos in Portugal, May 28, 2018. Picture taken May 28, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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October 30, 2018
Seagulls sit on fishing equipment at the port of Matosinhos in Portugal, May 29, 2018. Picture taken...
Matosinhos, Portugal
Seagulls sit on fishing equipment at the port of Matosinhos in Portugal
Seagulls sit on fishing equipment at the port of Matosinhos in Portugal, May 29, 2018. Picture taken May 29, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINES REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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