Robot Mussels

Monday, November 28, 2016 by Meredyth

One of my favorite activities to do at the beach is to explore what's living in the tide pools. The intertidal is a pretty amazing place that experiences extremes on the daily tidal cycle.  It is also an area that scientists are interested in learning more about. One neat tool they are using to do that is robot mussels! These tiny robots look just like the real mussels that they are nestled in with but inside they have thermometers and data loggers that are recording the temperature every ten minutes.  Scientists are using this data to help better understand how intertidal species may be affected by climate change.

 To read more about the story and to see if you can tell the difference between the real thing and the robot click here.

Photo credit- Mike Jones Via Flickr

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