Kelp. A Cry for Help. BBC Wildlife.
Consider, for a moment, the great forests of Britain. What springs to mind? The oaks and silver birches, the holly and rowan trees of our royal forests? It might come as a surprise to you, then, that Britain has twice as much forest underwater – in the form of vast kelp beds – as native woodland.
Covering an area the size of Wales, these luscious submerged seascapes are to the ocean what woods are to life on land: they offer a home to hundreds of diverse creatures from seahorses to sharks. “They are critical habitats, just like forests are on land, in the amount of wildlife they support” says Daniel Smale, a marine biologist at the University of Plymouth. Yet, this habitat is altering with climate change.
Read the full article in the January 2020 issue of BBC Wildlife.