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Science Sunday: Carbon in California’s Abyss: As told by sea pigs, time lapse, and a record-breaking rover

Sea pig

Most people will never meet a sea pig despite how common they are. These sea cucumbers inhabit the deep ocean bottom. With translucent bodies, and an appetite for decomposing things, sea pigs are often referred to as living vacuum cleaners. In recent years, the amount of food (carbon) reaching the seafloor has increased off the California Coast. With time-lapse movies and data collection by deep-sea robots, we can now see a dynamic rise of sea pigs.

Join Crissy Huffard as she presents results from a 28-year time series, including images and video from the Pacific Ocean’s average depth - about 2.5 miles or 4,000 meters.

Sunday, 02/18/18


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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

100 McAllister Way
Los Feliz Room
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Phone: (831) 459-3800
Website: Click to Visit