23 Apr '12, 6am

Ocean Acidification Causes Baby Coral To Make Risky Choices

Ocean Acidification Causes Baby Coral To Make Risky Choices

Young people are famous for making bad decisions. Confident in their invincibility, kids often take risks that adults would never dream of taking. In most cases, it works out ok: the child learns a valuable lesson and is no worse for the wear. But a recent study from the School of Biological Sciences and Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland found that rising levels of acid in the world’s oceans is causing baby coral to make some bad decisions, and putting the entire species at risk. According to a study published in the April edition of Ecology Letters , increasingly acidic conditions in the ocean confuse swimming coral larvae, causing them to settle in places that are not suitable for their survival. “The coral larvae normally have this amazing ability to settle on one particular type of rock-like seaweed called Titanoderma,” said the report’s lead auth...

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