A deadly pathogen is killing off black sea urchins in the Red Sea, threatening the delicate balance of coral reef ecosystems.
Why it matters
The mass die-off of black sea urchins poses a significant threat to the health and balance of the Red Sea's prized coral reef ecosystems.
What the papers say
AP News and The Independent report on the alarming mass die-off of black sea urchins in the Red Sea, while The Times of Israel and Reuters provide additional details on the impact of the deadly pathogen on coral reef ecosystems.
How we got here
The mass die-off of black sea urchins in the Red Sea has been attributed to an unknown pathogen, posing a significant threat to the delicate balance of coral reef ecosystems.
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