Baby fish lose poisonous protectors in acidified ocean water

June 29, 2016
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Marine biologists from the University ofAdelaide say that acidification of the ocean is harmful to the baby fish. Young fish simply lose their poisonous protectors, consequently, becomes more vulnerable. The marine predators never sleep indeed, says the publication in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The ocean ecosystem is well-balanced one, and the level of acidification is vivid for the fish and other underwater creatures. For an instance, baby fish lose poisonous protectors in acidified ocean water. To survive baby fish use sheltering from predators among the poisonous tentacles of jellyfish. A study has found that a poison of jellyfish will be harmed under predicted ocean acidification.

The researchers led by Associate Professor Ivan Nagelkerken (University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute) say that modification of this symbiosis may be fatal. Unprotected baby fish will be dying more often, and it’s very dangerous not for the ocean ecosystem, but for commerce too.

The most common oceanic symbiosis is the relationship between anemones and clown-fish, and Associate Professor Nagelkerken adds:

“These intricate, interdependent relationships between different species–symbioses–are common in both the marine and terrestrial environments.”

The climate change is the very disturbing factor for the different symbiotic pairs in the ocean. They used to interact closely for survival, that is one of the wise decisions of the mother Nature.

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