Some new aliens in the lab....
A new honours student project to be undertaken by Marina Jourey is to focus on the effects of sea cucumbers (properly known as holothurians and a relative of the more familiar starfish and sea urchins) on sediment biogeochemistry, especially mineralogy.
These poor little chaps (about 10cm long) were taken from the holding tanks the the Ocean Sciences Centre to start a new life among geologists. These ?Orange Footed Sea Cucumbers normally live attached to rocks offshore Newfoundland. We are awaiting a taxonomic verdict from our ichnofriend Suzanne Dufour.
Moving to the earth science department was a little bit of an adventure for them as the chiller malfunctioned and created 10cm of ice on the surface of the tank.