Does ocean acidification kill fish?



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    Ocean acidification certainly affects marine life. For invertebrates and some fish, lower pH levels in the water can result in the buildup of carbonic acid in the organism’s body fluids. This, in turn, can lead to lowered immune responses, metabolic depression, and even asphyxiation.

    Acidification is more devastating for animals which have hard shells or skeletons constructed from calcium carbonate. Decreased pH levels lead to the disappearance of carbonate, which makes it harder for these organisms to form their skeletal or shell material.

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