Microscopic Life Captured in a Plankton Net
The photo above shows a sample of water teeming with microscopic life.
The sample was collected in a plankton net suspended into an incoming tide for 20 minutes from a bridge over an inlet near Brunswick, Maine. It was later photographed in a lab at the Southern Maine Community College. Several diatoms (aquatic, photosynthetic plants) can be identified here.
The round, cathedral window like structure is a stepanodiscus and the connected, rectangular tubes are tabellaria. Diatoms are at the bottom of the food chain, meaning that nearly all life depends upon these creatures. They produce as much as 50 percent of the Earth’s oxygen. — Paula Ursoy and John Stetson
Took me awhile to make sure the names were right. Please if something is off, tell me..haha. Thanks! Enjoy! From Playa de El Socorrito, Baja California.
Oooo my! Ochre Sea Stars and Bat stars!
My little whale shark… x
Sam - this is one of my original drawings from back in my first few weeks in Donsol. It was my model Whale Shark (he he)…oh and I’m coming back out at the beginning of January…recently signed my work contract..just need to book a flight!!! :D xxx
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Compare the size of the whale .
credits Smithsonian Institution
New blog i'm working on. -
I have been raised on this beach most of my life. I am posting up photos I have taken over the years. Check it out! :) Baja California , El Socorrito.