Mussel beds protect other species during hot days
Some marine species can help protect others from climate change by shielding them from heat, according to a new study by Texas A&M University at Galveston and other scientists.
Laura Jurgens and colleagues at the University of Vermont and the University of California, Davis detail the findings in the journal Ecology.
The team studied how tiny crabs and isopods -- marine versions of pill bugs -- that live on rocky shores react to warming of their habitats. The researchers found that the mussel beds these animals live in protect them from temperature swings and keep them from drying out on hot, sunny days.