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California’s underwater forests are being eaten by the ‘cockroaches of the ocean’

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/californias-underwater-forests-are-being-eaten-by-the-cockroaches-of-the-ocean/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. When climate change helped trigger a 60-fold explosion of purple urchins off Northern California’s coast, the urchins went on a feeding frenzy, devouring sugar kelp, a source of the sweetener mannitol. […]