Seaweed Ecosystem: The Ocean’s Green Litter Collection

On the coasts of the world, from the tropics to the Arctic Circle, thousands and thousands of bright green stems swing from an underwater meadow in shallow waters: seaweed meadows. The jungle of leaves and root balls is a unique ecosystem in which microscopic algae floats like great manatees. The lemon-yellow seahorses cling to their gripping tails and the crabs suck out fleas, along with small snails that nurture the growth of algae. The little starfish walks slowly on small suction feet, surrounded by tiny transparent prawns.

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