17 Jun 2014

Sea moss thrives in warmer Antarctica

4:57 pm on 17 June 2014

Climate change is helping an inconspicuous sea moss animal spread rapidly in Antarctica, British scientists say.

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Photo: AFP / NASA

The warmer temperatures have helped the moss thrive at the expense of other species, the BBC reports.

The sea is freezing less so more icebergs are battering the shores of the peninsula, smashing the creatures that live there.

According to a new report, the nimble moss has managed to thrive despite the pounding.

Scientists said there could be negative implications from the rise of one species in an important area for biodiversity.

They said it made the area more vulnerable to invasive species; the kind of alien invaders which could hitch a ride on a cruise ship or visiting research vessel.