The ocean’s visual complexity

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

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:

2 Comments on “The ocean’s visual complexity”

  1. 1 Guy Evans said at 9:19 pm on April 21st, 2010:

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful images. I\’m a great admirer of the visual art you showcase on your website and I really enjoy reading your blog, thank you again.

  2. 2 Martin E said at 3:28 pm on September 28th, 2010:

    Understanding microscopic life forms in the ocean is more important than most people realize, since everything is connected, from the smallest organisms to the largest blue whales. Nice visualization!

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