‘Spooning poo’: how five Eiffel Towers’ worth of sea cucumber poo helps sustain a Queensland reef

‘Spooning poo’: how five Eiffel Towers’ worth of sea cucumber poo helps sustain a Queensland reef

Researchers use drones to map 30,000 sq metres of Heron Island at high resolution so sea cucumbers can be counted

“In the wee hours of the morning … we weren’t too excited to be spooning poo,” reef ecologist Dr Vincent Raulot says.

But that’s exactly what he and a team of researchers did to calculate out how much poop was excreted by an estimated 3 million sea cucumbers on the 20 sq km Heron Island coral reef in Queensland.

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