Science & Environment

Gardens under the sea

Found only in that narrow strip of Earth where ocean meets land, seaweeds soften the angles of the rocks and build forests and gardens beneath the wave. Richly diverse in colour and form, they are the fundamental food source of marine animals, and contribute more than we generally realise to everyday human life. Tide pool at Army Bay, 25 km north of Auckland, provides both a playground and a window of fascination into the sea.

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