March 10, 2012

Nature's Perfect Poop

At his blog, Thomas Hayden has a theory about the animal with the perfect poop: the copepod.

Copepods live in the ocean, where they drift around and eat plankton. But because the plankton is sort of spiky, copepods wrap their poop up so that it doesn't hurt hurt them on the way out.

So yes, copepod poop comes with its own wrapper. And after a copepod busts a grumpy, the grumpy sinks to the ocean floor, where it becomes food for other animals.

What if humans had a system like this? Thomas Hayden says we would poop something that looks like a "nicely wrapped burrito." Niiice!

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