Stars and Stripes stripes.com 26 Dec, 2020 19:30 am

What lobster babies being studied in a Virginia lab can tell us about the changing ocean

What lobster babies being studied in a Virginia lab can tell us about the changing ocean
A group of researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science are studying how ocean warming and acidification could impact a lobster’s development early in life.

What lobster babies being studied in a Virginia lab can tell us about the changing ocean Brittany Jellison, a post-doctoral research associate at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, holds one of the lobsters part of an ocean acidification experiment in December 2020.VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCE NORFOLK, Va.Until they do, they’ll be carefully watched by scientists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.“It builds this larger story of how this phase in their life is changing because of ocean acidification,” Jellison said.

After the eggs hatch at the VIMS lab, Jellison said the researchers hope to keep them awhile and see whether the different conditions affect them.“We think it would be an interesting idea to try and get local chefs involved with taking our lobsters at the end and creating a dish,” Jellison said.

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