The ocean’s visual complexity

Posted: April 19th, 2010 | Author: Manuel Lima | Filed under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Ocean explorers are puzzling out Nature’s purpose behind an astonishing variety of tiny ocean creatures like microbes and zooplankton animals – each perhaps a ticket-holder in life’s lottery, awaiting conditions that will allow it to prosper and dominate.

The inventory and study of the hardest-to-see sea species — tiny microbes, zooplankton, larvae and burrowers in the sea bed, which together underpin almost all other life on Earth — is the focus of four of 14 field projects of the Census of Marine Life.

The results from the latest census revealed spectacular examples of hard-to-see underwater microbes, available in this stunning gallery of some of the smallest sea species.

You can also track the geographic locations of the Census of the Hard-to-See at: