Contact: Cindy Yeast
Stony Brook University
Caption: When sea otters, which feed on sea urchins, were hunted to extinction in some coastal areas of the Pacific Ocean, sea urchins increased in abundance and decimated underwater kelp forests, also affecting other species that inhabit the kelp.
Credit: Matt Knoth, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en
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