The average temperature of the Atlantic Ocean is up 4 degrees compared to last year, according to Dalhousie University oceanographers.
The trend is being traced from the Florida coast up to Newfoundland, affecting native flora and fauna and causing concern among fishermen.
Fisherman Mark Debaie said he's never seen water this warm so early in the year.
"It was 70.2 degrees there yesterday. A lot warmer than it should be," he said.
Warmer than usual weather has brought some unusual marine visitors to Nova Scotia waters.
"See a lot of strange things like jellyfish, lot harder to catch groundfish," said Debaie.
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