o-DISC Deployed off One Tree Island (video) University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption A study led by University of Miami scientist Claire Paris, which appears in the Aug. 28 edition of PLOS ONE, was designed to test the response of larvae in a natural open ocean setting using odor. The video shows a single settlement-stage larvae from a damselfish [Pomacentridae] in the central chamber of an o-DISC (ocean Drifting In Situ Chamber), which is transparent to light, sound and small scale ocean turbulence. The larvae uses odor cues to orient along the shoreline and toward the west. The implications of this study are significant, given that human activities might impact the smells contained within the ocean. If larvae cannot get their "wake up" cues to orient back toward the reef they may stay out at sea and become easy prey before finding home. Credit Claire Paris, UM/RSMAS Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.