How I became part sea urchin | Catherine Mohr

published 7 months ago by TED Conferences LLC

As a young scientist, Catherine Mohr was on her dream scuba trip -- when she put her hand right down on a spiny sea urchin. While a school of sharks circled above. What happened next? More than you can possibly imagine. Settle in for this fabulous story with a dash of science.

My story starts in the northern Galapagos islands under 50 feet of water and a big school of sharks. I've been scuba diving with a group of friends for about a week and have been glorious manta rays whale sharks penguins and of course hammerhead sharks. Today's dive was particularly tricky the surge was terrible you had to have your camera rig type in your arm out because the surge kept throwing you into the rocks while you're standing up for that beautiful photograph was going okay until hot okay something was terribly terribly wrong. I pulled my hand back and I had long black sea urchins finds all the way through my gloves which meant all the way through my ...

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