Have you ever BabyLeg-ed? Tell us your story!

BabyLegs is about to embark on a new adventure! Together with Public Lab and MEOPAR, CLEAR is putting together a campaign to turn BabyLegs into an accessible kit with all the supplies you need, plus how to guides and a built-it-yourself microscope to help analyze samples.

We’re looking for your stories of using BabyLegs as part of the campaign to highlight how people can use the trawl in their own environments. How did BabyLegs work for you? Where did you sample and why? And how damn good did you look doing it?

Here are some images from some of the groups that have been using BabyLegs to learn more about their local environments. We’d love to add your pictures and stories!

“So, your creation has captured the hearts and minds of our team, with a
mix of love and repulsion that is hard to describe. Kate wants to make
it the subject of a children’s book, and thinks it should have its own
twitter account. Chris thought it needed eyes, which is what I really
wanted to share with you.”- John H.


Comment here with your story, or email Max Liboiron at mliboiron@mun.ca.


  1. Volunteers from the Vancouver Island Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation built and used Babylegs on a remote beach cleanup on the north coast of Vancouver Island in the summer of 2018. We wanted to see what type of micro plastics were present in waters far away from human settlements. BabyLegs provided us with a cheap and easy tool to trawl the waters for micro plastics. The resources on the CLEAR website were super easy to follow and made building BabyLegs a breeze. In particular, the recommendation to add pontoons to the side of the trawl was clutch. Overall, BabyLegs worked really well. We needed to us a poll to stabilize the rope a little bit, to help keep the opening of the trawl close to the surface of the water. But other than that, we had no issues. From what we could tell, there were no micro plastics in the material the trawl collected during our 30 minute trawl (@2kts).

    It was a warm sunny day with little wind. The crew were all smiles! Science has never been so fun!

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