Re: casino point is a very good example of a great eco system at work...


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Posted by Steve on March 12, 2003 at 10:14:56:

In Reply to: Re: casino point is a very good example of a great eco system at work... posted by Dr Bill on March 11, 2003 at 23:54:35:


Dr. Bill wrote:
"Cynde- Don't know if urchin densities would ever reach the point where kelp was threatened here."

Some theorize that urchin barrens are natural to the ocean as forrest fires are to the land.


"Back in the "early days" (50's-70's) the urchins that truly threatened kelp forests were receiving "supplemental" food in the form of untreated human wastes that allowed them to survive in the barrens after decimating the kelp."

I haven't heard that urchins eat human waste, I assume you mean "human feces", before. Do you have a cite for that, please?


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