Blue mussels exposed to highly acidified seawater for sixty days were able to protect their body tissues involved in reproduction, digestion, and respiration. However, the physiological defenses take energy away from other life processes, meaning that long-term exposure to ocean acidification may result in reduced growth and health of blue mussels. (Laboratory study)
Effects of CO2- induced seawater acidification on the health of Mytilus edulis.
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