The oceans are becoming acidified, which can damage ocean communities and habitats like reefs. This then will have a negative affect on marine life.
Human induced climate change is affecting the coral reefs in drastic ways. The coral reefs were a place where bright colors, exotic fish, and sea vegetation would thrive, but today these areas are looking more and more deserted and bleached. This eco-system is very fragile and when water warms just a few degrees the vegetation in the coral will die, which will hurt the rest of the marine life that feed of the coral.
Here is a picture of what the coral reef should look like when it is healthy:
This is what happened when the temperature was too high and the coral became diseased (the second picture is of coral bleaching)
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Climate change is affecting our oceans in various ways – you can’t narrow it down to a few effects. Some of the effects are stated above and some examples of the other ones are: rising ocean temperature, a shift in ocean currents, and the changing life cycle of marine plants and animals.
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