Sunday, July 25, 2010

Night lighting

One of the way we get larvae is by lowering a light into the water at night. Many animals are photopositive, that is attracted to the light, which helps them maintain their position in the water column and find food.

By lowering the light at night, we create a sharp gradient of light and can attract a lot of animals. Most of them in this video are megalopae (baby crabs) and epitokes. The epitokes are fast, pinkish, and wiggle as they swim, while the megalopae are much bigger and chunkier.

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