Vi­tal to the Oceans

Asian Diver (English) - - The Best of Voo -

Although they may seem small and unim­por­tant, all these sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ships are vi­tal to life in the oceans. Not only do they pro­vide food and shel­ter or a much-needed clean-up for the an­i­mals in ques­tion, they also en­sure that ev­ery species has the best pos­si­ble con­di­tions to sur­vive and re­pro­duce. Sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ships are found ev­ery­where in the oceans, and are not re­stricted to the warm, shal­low coral reefs.

The kelp forests of the tem­per­ate seas are sur­pris­ingly di­verse, and sym­bio­sis even plays a part in the deep frigid waters of the Arctic and Antarc­tic.

Since all an­i­mals in the end serve as food for oth­ers, it’s easy to see how even the slight­est dis­rup­tion could cause a marine ecosys­tem to go off bal­ance. Ev­ery niche is equally im­por­tant, even if it at first looks in­signif­i­cant to the hu­man eye. There­fore, we should cel­e­brate the di­ver­sity and mar­vel at the amaz­ing adap­ta­tions an­i­mals have made through evo­lu­tion to fit their tiny world per­fectly.

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