Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ochre sea star may thrive as global carbon dioxide rises

A common species on local rocky shores might have a bright future as carbon dioxide levels rise in the atmosphere.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have published a paper reporting that ochre sea stars(Pisaster ochraceus), sometimes called purple sea stars, grow faster as dissolved carbon dioxide levels rises and as water warms. So, assuming the sea stars have something to eat, they could thrive in a warming, acidifying ocean.

NOAA photo.

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