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10 Marine Species on the Brink of Mass Extinction Due to Ocean Acidification

10 Marine Species on the Brink of Mass Extinction Due to Ocean Acidification
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Written by David DeFranza

The ocean is a delicate place, and tiny changes to its composition can cause serious devastation.

Adding carbon to the atmosphere contributes to global warming and climate change. Another less-discussed impact is ocean acidification—whereby carbon molecules diffuse into the ocean from the atmosphere, causing a steady rise in acidity—even though the impacts are already being felt by many species.



1. Blue Sea Slug

The beautiful blue sea slug, seen here, is one such creature. Blue sea slugs feed on the poisonous Portuguese man of war jellyfish, meaning that an ocean without them would be an ocean with a lot more stinging jellyfish.

Top photo from Gregory Moine via flickr.

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5:41AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Act or we'll lose everything

6:35PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

How saddening. Why do we keep polluting the oceans?

The blue sea slug is simply stunning.

7:01PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

So sad! Thanks for the article!

4:28PM PST on Dec 3, 2012

Earth Cry

Planet Earth is Dying

Eve of Destruction

2:27PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Sad to see anything happen to these and all these, such beautiful creatures of the seas

2:50AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Is sad to see how humans are so heartless, they don't care about the species that live in our planet, is all about to make money, and save money. is the goverments fault because they don't care either, greed is the main factor that almost all species are extinct, is they don't do something now, after will be too late. goverments of the world please help our planet please help all the species because humans are next.

8:30AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

we need to step up and protect these creatures!

6:48PM PST on Jan 25, 2012

We need to do a better job in protecting our Oceans

2:08PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Finding Nemo was about a clownfish. These are all such interesting ocean creatures. It's a shame we're destroying the biodiversity nature has given us.

4:06PM PST on Jan 20, 2012

Blue sea slugs feed on the poisonous Portuguese man of war jellyfish,
I wonder how big this creature is and I seen the Portuguese man of war jellyfish and some of them are huge! I hate when they show photos with no real info.

They are headed for extinction and we are just one button away from it!
Who is going first?

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