Minion-like sea-bots spy on fragile ecosystem

The five robots plopped into Bodega Bay were designed to mimic the larvae that float around in the ocean, but it was hard to imagine these canisters — which looked a bit like Minions from the computer-animated film — mingling with microscopic marine critters, let alone copying their movements.

The bright yellow gizmos that UC Davis scientists launched this week to study the sea’s mysterious underworld are as big as fire extinguishers and equipped with so many bells and whistles that no bipinnaria in its right mind would ever think they were actual larvae.

The complete story in the San Francisco Chronicle about this research project by the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory can be found HERE.