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How the oceans have become hostile for animals

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Apr 4 2019

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Climate change and overfishing have rocked life in the ocean—but some species fare better than others.
 
BY NATASHA DALY   
 
TRADITIONALLY, THE OCEAN wasn’t all that hostile of a place to live. The species that make the ocean their home have evolved over millennia to thrive in its depths.
 
What seems mind-boggling to us-a fish’s ability to live five miles under the sea, for instance-is just life for other animals. "That environment’s not hostile to them-its like us being in our living rooms," says Matthew Savoca, a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, in Monterey.