Acid in the ocean–aay carumba

This story from NPR, Acid in the Oceans, talks about the potential impacts of CO2 on the ocean and how it will affect marine life. Local scientists are doing some great work on this.

“It’s too early to say, just yet, what this portends for life at sea — up to and including the fat and happy sea lions down on the dock.” Peter Harris, Acid In the Oceans; A Growing Threat for Sea Life

As of yet, no one knows how this will affect sea otters. My hunch is, it won’t help. The clearest impact is a subtle but potentially significant “energy tax” that acidification puts on marine animals. Outside of their optimal conditions, it just takes more energy for critters to do the things they need to do to survive, such as forage or hunt, stay affloat, etc. Given that sea otters already seem to be taxed due to water quality concerns, I wonder what increased affect this might have.

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About Allison

I am the new Executive Director of The Otter Project in Monterey, California! Originally from the Bay Area, I went to school in San Diego, and came back north to Monterey for graduate school, where I found my calling: saving sea otters! Working for The Otter Project combines my passion for environmental policy with my love of animals. When not advocating for sea otters, I enjoy yoga, volunteer wildlife rehab, reading, and spending time with my cat Alyssa, who, for the record, I did not name. I have been with The Otter Project since November of 2007.
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