UNDERSEA SCIENCE

Creatures are in crisis, in and around the changing seas

From the deepest waters to icy shores, animals and plants are struggling with increasing temperatures

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Animals that live in or around the planet’s seas are seeing their lives affected at an increasingly rapid pace in the face of climate change. Some species are racing to cooler waters to live and spawn. Others are seeing the food they eat move to other regions. Still others are struggling to adapt to the conditions around them.

The decline of some species, such as coral, has a knock-on effect, reducing the amount of fish that live among the coral as well as species that use reefs as a nursery.

Even land-based mammals, such as polar bears, are feeling the effects because the retreat of sea ice makes it harder for them to hunt.