Hi! So we have reached our last ocean habitat! Next month we’ll be looking at microbiology but for now lets turn our attention to Sea Grass Meadows.
- Sea grass meadows are large areas where sea grasses grow densely. They also provide habitats for lots of smaller marine animals.
- Sea grasses have roots, stems and leaves, and produce flowers and seeds and are therefore different to seaweeds.
- Sea grasses grow in salty and brackish (semi-salty) waters around the world, typically along gently sloping, protected coastlines.
- Sea grasses are the main diet of dugongs and green turtles.
- Sea grasses also absorb nutrients from coastal run-off and stabilise sediment, helping to keep the water clear.
- Threats to seagrass meadows include excessive nutrients such as run off from agricultural fertilizers, disease, rising sea temperatures and commercial fishing.
I took all of the facts for today from two main websites, the first is the Ocean Portal from the Smithsonian. Which you can find here. The second is the seagrass ecosystem research group, I figured they were definitely going to know this stuff. Find them here.
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