UNH Researchers Find Warmer Oceans Could Increase Invasive ‘Sea Squirts’


Newswise imageThey’re lovingly called ‘sea squirts’, but certain marine soft-bodied animals, or tunicates, could cause a giant-sized problem in cold water areas like the Gulf of Maine. New research shows that with a water temperature increase of just two degrees Celsius predicted in the coming years, the invasive tunicate species Botrylloides violaceus will be able to double their reproduction.