Acidifying oceans could spell squid doomsday


Earth’s oceans are growing increasingly acidic, and the phenomenon is expected to produce both environmental and economic problems over the next century, according to a new study. At the center of all this is a key player in the oceanic food chain — the squid. As the acidity of seawater rises, squid will have a harder time growing and developing, according to a study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Such stunted growth would dramatically impact their crucial role as both predator and prey to other underwater life, and in the process be a detriment to the fishing and food industries.

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