Sea Otters Are Reshaping the Genetics of Eelgrass Meadows

Deep-sea mountains: Earth’s unexplored ecosystems that are teeming with life
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It is not a surprise that a meadow of eelgrass will respond in similar ways to fields of grass above the water. When cut by humans or scratched at by animals, plants are spurred into activity in a regenerative way. It seems to be the same story under water. Sea otters are performing a valuable service to the regeneration of eelgrass. […]

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