A marine ecosystem refers to all ecosystems that thrive near or inside saltwater. Essentially, this means that marine ecosystems can be found everywhere on earth. An ecosystem is basically everything from the organisms that inhabit the area, the habitat itself and the nonliving part of it. So an example of a marine ecosystem would be sea turtles and fish, including water, sand and rocks in that area.
71% of our planet is covered with ocean, which goes on to prove that marine ecosystems are the most common ones on earth.
Here are some important marine ecosystems that you should know about:
Sandy beaches often don’t seem to harbor as much marine life as other ecosystems. But there’s a great amount of biodiversity within this ecosystem. Marine species here have to adapt to the varying environment of the beach, struggling to survive in a constantly changing ecosystem. Mostly, these animals burrow themselves under the sand to protect themselves from getting swept away by the sea waves. The waves can be rather strong, and can move even rocks and sand from one place to another. The kind of marine life that you can expect to see here includes algae, plankton, fish, crabs and clams, sea gulls and sometimes, sea turtles, seals and sea lions.
A rocky ecosystem refers to a habitat where you can find many rock cliffs, different sizes of rocks, boulders, puddles of water, and intertidal zone. Marine animals need to adapt dynamically to survive rocky shores. For instance, during low tide, they’re exposed to greater risks of predation. Furthermore, there can be pounding and harsh waves coupled with strong winds. All of these conditions can collectively affect the temperature, water availability, and salinity of the water. Among the many marine animals that live in this habitat, some of the most common ones are marine algae, birds, sea anemones, lichens, fish, seals and sea lions, lobsters, crabs, snails and mussels.
Mangrove trees are a common habitat for marine life. They’re a salt-tolerant plant species that have roots which dangle into the water body. Mangrove forests serve as nursing areas for several marine animals, making them a very important marine ecosystem. Mangrove ecosystems can usually be found in warmer places that lie in the latitudes between 32 degrees north and 38 degrees south. Here, you can find animals like algae, fish, crabs, shrimps, oysters, snails, sponges, sea turtles, crocodiles, alligators, lizards and snakes.
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