How sea anemones feel the pinch of climate change

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If you’ve visited the rocky California coast at low tide, you’ve probably seen, stepped on, and stuck fingers into carpets of aggregating sea anemones, or sea flowers. These elegant and colorful masses of tentacles, ever-present in the intertidal, close up during low tide to present as dark green blobs.

But as the ocean warms due to the climate crisis, these sea creatures may be at risk. For many inhabitants, the ocean is an increasingly stressful place as the climate crisis tips countless ecological relationships toward instability. Already, corals are declining fast, and the algae that partner with corals are abandoning their homes due to the stress of a changing ocean. It’s a worrying shift that’s attracted attention from scientists and ocean lovers worldwide, but the same process — with different players — may happen in California’s tide pools.

Read the SF Examiner story HERE.