Meet the Newly Discovered Pollinators Under the Sea

Meet the Newly Discovered Pollinators Under the Sea

The tiny crustaceans are challenging previous assumptions about how plants grow underwater

By Erin Blakemore

Scientists have long assumed that plants that live underwater either self pollinate or grow via cloning. After all, there are no bees in the sea—and the motion of the water itself was once thought to be sufficient to move sea pollen from point A to point B. But it turns out that water is only half the story, reports Emily Benson for New Scientist. Scientists have now discovered that tiny invertebrates also take pollen from place to place underwater, visiting flowers and spreading their pollen like bees.  Read more.