White abalone is at risk of extinction. But scientists in California have developed a unique method to help this sea snail population reproduce.
Kristin Aquilino, chief scientist for the white abalone breeding program at the Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory at the University of California, said the white abalone could not regain its number without human help.
This creature was formerly found in coastal waters of southern California and Mexico. It has been on the US Federal Endangered Species List since 2001 due to the danger of overfishing. have a low reproductive rate and the occurrence of disease
After about a decade, when the SLOT XOwhite abalone had not reproduced, the Aquilino team attempted to increase their population by creating a special mix.
In this entire day-long process Scientists immerse snails in a potion they call "chemical love potion" or 'charm potion', a liquid or drink that has a special or mysterious effect on something. for several hours
This enchantment contains sea water. and hydrogen peroxide This will accelerate the sea snails to release their sperm and eggs.
Aquilino said long-distance relationships weren't good for abalone, so scientists put them where they were really romantic. She added that the purpose of the project was to produce larvae. to be released into the sea
The number of abalone larvae reached 25,000 in 2019, but that number declined in 2020 due to the epidemic. As a result, the lab's use was limited to only one experiment throughout the season.