Invasive seaweed

Invasive seaweed

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Caption: Invasive seaweed. Mediterranean sea floor covered by an invasive species of green alga (Caulerpa taxifolia). It is native to the Caribbean, but a strain capable of growing in cooler climates was introduced to the Mediterranean in the 1980s from the Monaco Oceanographic Museum. Dense Caulerpa meadows cover large regions. It is tough, fast- growing and toxic to the main herbivores in the region. It is replacing native species and causing major ecological damage. In 2000, it was found to have spread to waters off California. Photographed in the French Mediterranean.

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