Sea butterfly a victim of climate change | Pacific Beat

Sea butterfly a victim of climate change

Sea butterfly a victim of climate change

Updated 27 November 2012, 12:21 AEDT

Antarctic scientists have found that ocean acidification is eating away the shells of a creature known as the sea butterfly.

The butterflies are actually tiny snails and they're an important source of food for fish and whales.

But increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the ocean is making it more acidic, and that's disolving the shells of the sea butterflies.

Presenter: Felicity Ogilvie

Speakers: Dr Donna Roberts, Antarctic Climate Ecosytems Research Centre, Hobart; Dr Nina Bednarek, US-based scientist

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