The common eelgrass can produce up to 1000 shoots on just one square metre of seabed, offering a diversely structured habitat with countless hiding places for young fish, mussels and starfish. In fact, this is one of the reasons why seagrass meadows are regarded as the nurseries of the Baltic Sea. Tiny snails and small crustaceans graze on the leaves, which can grow to two metres long. However, excessive fertilization of the Baltic Sea has greatly reduced the population of both common and dwarf seagrass – which is also why both are strictly protected species today
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