Baby Boomers remember those sparkling ads in comic books and magazines showcasing the amazing Sea Monkeys. The ads depicted funny anthropomorphic pink skinned creatures swimming about happily. All a kid needed was to add water and watch the miracle of the Sea Monkeys emerge from their eggs and start swimming about.
Well, the fun lasted until the creatures emerged and it was discovered that the Sea Monkeys were nothing more than common brine shrimp.
Well Sea Monkeys have made the news again this time as a possible solution to oceanic sustenance for the creatures of the sea. No, they’re not going to be used as food but the way the creature move, wiggling about and such, they’re being considered to be able to mix the oceans’ upper layers like waves and wind do. This could deliver salt, heat, and nutrients to the upper layers of the waters.
The churning of the oceans via waves and winds, tides and such are imperative for mixing the waters of the surface. Not only for oceans but for other bodies of water. This stirring about is what living creatures in the waters depend on. The way Sea Monkeys behave is like many other marine creatures. They swim to the top of the waters and back down again and again eating and doing whatever they need to do and as such stir the waters for the benefit of all. Scientists expect that billions of these Sea Monkeys cause enough of a swirl to be a valuable fluid dynamic. Researchers at Caltech decided to test this and coming to the fore are Monica Wilhelmus and John Dabiri.
Using an unique technique of blue and green lasers to get thousands of the Sea Monkeys to migrate from the bottom of a 1.2 meter deep tank, much like house cats who are attracted to those red pen laser lights. Focusing the lasers to the center of the tank and using silver coated microspheres that they used a red laser to illuminate the researchers set out to see the way the swirls and eddies were formed by the moving shrimp. The experiment was a success.
This along with previous studies show that the creatures like brine shrimp, phytoplankton and others that absorb massive amounts of energy from the sun and other sources use only a small percentage of that energy to keep the waters stirred up. The results of the study can be seen in Physics of Fluids.