Biomes, Ecological Cycles, and Environmental Milestones

What is killer algae?

Caulerpa taxifolia, “killer algae,” was introduced to the Mediterranean Sea in the mid–1980s when the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco dumped the bright green seaweed into the sea while cleaning the aquarium tanks. Caulerpa taxifolia now covers 32,000 acres of the coasts of France, Spain, Italy, and Croatia, devastating the Mediterranean ecosystem. The species continues to invade the Mediterranean today and appears to be unstoppable.


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