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What is Symbiosis?

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Symbiosis: Mutualism, commensalism, parasitism. What do these words mean and where are examples seen in the ocean? From the Hakai Institute‘s Long Story Shorts video: What is Symbiosis?

“If you’ve ever heard of symbiosis, you might think it’s when two things live in perfect harmony, but that’s definitely not the whole picture. Symbiosis describes any sort of relationship between two creatures living close to each other, and that includes everything from a housemate you barely notice to the freeloading roomie you just can’t shake.”

Learn about the relationships of zooxanthellae and coral (mutualism where everyone benefits), sharks and remoras (one-sided commensalism), and crabs and sacculina (parasitism-the worst symbiotic relationship), and more.

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