1O species likely to suffer at the hands of ocean acidification

The original article is a bit scare mongery and has some incorrect facts, so here’s my adaptation. 

We all know carbon has contributed to climate change and global warming, but also another underexposed problem: ocean acidification

Tiny changes in the chemical composition of the ocean can have huge consequences for marine life, especially those who make their homes out of calcium carbonate [poor molluscs and coral] which is less available in acidified waters. 

1. Blue sea slug [Glaucus atlanticus] - feeds on the highly venomous Portuguese-man-of-war. Not the best food chain to unbalance…ouch! 

2. Pterapods - the basis of the Antarctic food chain. If they start dissolving whales and polar bears have another problem to deal with.

3. Brittle stars - vulnerable to ocean acidification in both adult and larval forms.

4. Squid - acidic water has been found to interfere with squids’ blood making it harder for them to absorb oxygen.

5. Shrimp - represent an important part of food webs and ecological balance in all oceans.

6. Oysters - global populations have apparently suffered a sudden crash.

7. Sea Urchins - often overlooked for “sexier” species, even the ugly urchins have a critical role in maintaining reef ecosystems by eating algae, providing a healthy balanced reef.

8. Abalone - may not last the next 1OO years at the current rate of ocean acidification.

9. Coral - an obvious victim. The knock-on effects of more brittle or lack of coral structures are too vast and too scary to think of. 

1O. Clownfish - been found to have a higher instance of deafness and increases in brash behaviour in acidified waters leading to poor defence against its numerous predators. 

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