Curious fact: Symbiosis between Acropora hard coral and bearsed gobies is complex and more facets of the relationship are constantly being discovered. What is known is that each offers the other protection in a struggle for survival. A recent study conducted at Georgia Tech discovered that when the host Acropora is threatened or portions of a colony are threatened, the coral will actually signal the gobies by releasing a chemical alert. Most of these threats come by way of toxic algae called turtleweed, algae blooms or competitive algae, such as seaweeds, which will settle or get caught in the branching coral heads and begin to smother the coral. The gobies respond quickly to this alert and move into the affected areas, proceeding to consume the bits of toxic seaweed settling there. .
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This summer I had the honor, and stupidity, to spend a month working with, for, my mutual stunt double @tomsepe as he and Tucker masterminded the most imaginative and entertaining install at the #oregoneclipsefestival Here's the sweeper robot that we created. A pure menice on the dusty streets of #symbiosis