Evenings at Whitney Public Lecture Series - April 8th, 2010 - Summary of “Ocean acidification: the other shoe for climate change. What could happen, what is likely, and what should we be doing?” Andrew Stamper, D.V.M., Dipl. A.C.Z.M., Epcot, The Seas.
When considering conservation of the ocean, one of the things we don’t often think about is the pH level in our oceans and how it affects our aquatic life.
Just as the ph of a swimming pool affects our eyes and skin, the ph in the ocean affects the creatures living in it. For those of you that have ever cared for an aquarium or a swimming pool, you may notice that even minute shifts in ph can cause marked changes in your water quality.
Can you imagine what would happen if you dropped the ph by 30% in your pool or aquarium? Water quality would drop dramatically and when this happens in the ocean, the regulating enzymes within the marine live would go up or down, which is within the physiology of most creatures but at the costs of valuable energy. The short-range changes would be adaption, and long-range successful adaptation is called evolution. Continue reading for more on this important topic.