This experiment was designed to see how chemical pollutants such as diesel fuel affect embryo development and thus survival of an important biologic model, the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis. The embryos were exposed to different concentrations of the fuel and the affects on their development were observed for a period of seven hours. After seven hours the stages of the embryos were recorded and condensed into an average. The principle results showed that:
The conclusions derived from these results were that diesel fuel causes lack of development and mutations in embryos that increase with concentration and that marine paints on wood are more harmful than diesel in some circumstances. Human contamination of ocean environments can lead to the death and mutation of sea urchins.