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10 Marine Species Threatened by Ocean Acidification

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10 Marine Species Threatened by Ocean Acidification

By David DeFranza, TreeHugger

1. Blue Sea Slug

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.

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.

Image: lostandcold / Flickr

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5:46PM PST on Mar 2, 2013

We are supposed to be stewards for this planet we live on. Very disturbing that we've lost sight of this concept.

2:28PM PST on Dec 4, 2012

Thanks for posting, read this before and it is a disgrace!!

10:01AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

We humans have to start thinking about all these animals who we are causeing so much harm. It's just time to pull our heads out of the sand and start cleaning up our oceans.

2:19PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

This MANKIND doing what they do best kill off innocent animals that are just busy living nothing more nothing less.

3:47PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

All life is linked, we're all threatened!

9:29PM PST on Feb 22, 2012

IT'S TERRIBLE

1:05PM PST on Feb 17, 2012

not just 10

10:05AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

Dumb Asses...... Where is the outrage????

6:47AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

very sad

5:28AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

For a minute I thought it was a new breed of the Bata Fish.

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