Desert pupfish in Death Valley NP unharmed by recent quake; population increasing

So far as we know, the strong Baja California earthquake that shook parts of Mexico and Southern California this month did not generate a tsunami. But the tiny Devils Hope pupfish who live in a cavern pool deep in the Death Valley desert might have a different perspective.

Federal scientists released a video on Tuesday that showed that the magnitude 6.9 earthquake, centered 300 miles south near Mexicali, made for some turbulent surf in the fish’s habitat, a very deep well under constant monitoring.

The good news is that after a brush with extinction a couple of years ago, the population of the fish, one of the first protected under the Endangered Species Act, is rebounding. It had dwindled to as low as just 38 fish in 2006, but most recently there were 118 counted in the pool, the only place on the planet where the species lives.

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