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Read the Science - The forests of planet ocean

Estuaries are the forests of the ocean and they take up carbon 90 times more efficiently than land forests

Eelgrass – salmon training ground and underwater forest (photo: Eric Heupel, flickr)

Since I’ve moved to Canada, I’ve learnt a lot about salmon and it’s a pretty tough gig from what I can tell. Everyone wants to eat you along the way (including humans like me – yum!) and evolution decided it would be a good idea to swim up the river – way to make it harder!

But even harder again – once baby salmon have hatched and are swimming back down the river to eat and grow and become edible for me, they have to also make the switch into salt water which is impressive in any animal.

How do salmon do this? Well it involves estuaries. 

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