Story: Plankton

A swarm of zooplankton (2nd of 3)

A swarm of zooplankton

This swarm of small animals was photographed in waters near the Poor Knights Islands, in northern New Zealand. Most of these are salps, transparent barrel-shaped creatures that are closely related to sea squirts. Salps reproduce rapidly when there is plenty of phytoplankton to eat.

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NIWA – National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
Photograph by Malcolm Francis

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Plankton - Plant plankton', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006