Our WP1 May campaign is in full swing collecting our final round of data for the KELPEX project. After a few days of excellent diving conditions a storm rolled in and trapped us inside. We somehow ended up doing this:
Yes, that is 2 professors and a post doc measuring how fast urchin poo sinks.
Although this is justified - sea urchins are voracious grazers that shred and consume a major portion of detrital kelp and should strongly impact its export and breakdown - at some point you have to stand back and consider how you spend a Saturday.
Sure, some scientists are currently researching how to get to Mars. But WE are curious why kelp forests are full of urchin poo.