Posts Tagged: acidification of ocean

Nov 12

“Duuuuude, like, Animals are DISSOLVING IN THE OCEAN and…stuff.”

“Oh yeah, you hear that the ocean is, like, all, acidifying and animals are, like, dissolving in it?”

“Animals are dissolving in the ocean?! Whoa. Gnarly. Huh. So…You going to come over and watch that ‘Two and a Half Men’ marathon tonight? It’s all-Charlie, dude.”

“Oh yeah, yeah. I’ll bring some pizza.”

“Pizza? You usually bring fish and chips from that place…”

“Oh it closed. No fish. They’re…dissolving.”

“Oh yeah. Uh–cheese and mushroom okay?”

“You got it.”

From an actual piece in NewScientist Magazine: “In a small patch of the Southern Ocean, the shells of sea snails are dissolving. The finding is the first evidence that marine life is already suffering as a result of man-made ocean acidification.

“This is actually happening now,” says Geraint Tarling of the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, UK. He and colleagues captured free-swimming sea snails called pteropods from the Southern Ocean in early 2008 and found under an electron microscope that the outer layers of their hard shells bore signs of unusual corrosion.

As well as warming the planet, the carbon dioxide we emit is changing the chemistry of the ocean.