The Freaky Food Chain Behind Your Lobster Dinner By Steph yin

Summary: Within the scope of the article, the author describes the food chain that involves Caribbean Spiny Lobsters and lucinid clams and their apparent relevance. A new discovery has been made my marine conservation biologists from UNC University that lucinid clams constitute the majority of the diet of some spiny lobsters. Along with further research the scientists realized that the clams, unlike the majority of organisms in the ocean do not obtain their energy and nutrients from a photosynthesizing organism. Instead these clams possess bacteria in their lungs that are part of a little known group of autotrophs who rely on chemosynthesis to get their nourishment. Instead of using sunlight to generate energy, these bacteria use carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide to make organic carbon necessary for all organisms.

Analysis: Throughout the article the author goes so far as to explain that the scientists have made a very important discovery. The finding contributes to the ongoing investigation into the nature of large amounts of organic carbon. For years the scientific community has known that chemosynthesis has existed as the main form of energy generation in the deep sea due to the absence of sunlight. In the ongoing study of the ocean, scientists use photosynthesis as a basis to determine health of the ocean, especially in relation to sea-grass productivity. In the past scientist have noticed that there is still a missing carbon component that was unaccounted for because of its chemosynthesis origins.

My Big Takeaway: What really stood out to me about this article is the relevance of chemosynthesis in the shallower parts of the ocean. Before this article I did not fully ascertain the importance of it, but now that it has been discovered this can provide future information about ways organisms in the ocean obtain their nutrients. This is also important to us as Spiny Lobster is a $450 Million industry and many restaurants like Red Lobster serve these to americans every day. In the interest of protecting the environment and the ecosystems we live it, it is to our benefit as a species to better understand the organisms and the complex relationships that intertwine them so closely with our lives. To further protect, prevent and repair the damage we have done to our planet it is essential that we understand and don't continue to neglect our neighbors, human and otherwise.

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