Seawater Magnified 25 Times

A Single Drop of Seawater, Magnified 25 Times

Ever wonder what is in that seawater you accidentally swallow while playing at the beach on holiday?

Photographer David Liittschwager captured this amazing shot of a single drop of water magnified 25 times to reveal an entire ecosystem of hidden threats which consist of crab larva, diatoms, bacteria, fish eggs, zooplankton, and even worms. This stomach-churning photograph shows the types of microfauna crawling around in just a drop of seawater.

National Geographic said of the photo:

‘Under a magnifier, a splash of seawater teems with life.
‘The planktonic soup includes bug-like copepods; long, glassy arrowworms; coiled filaments of cyanobacteria; rectangular algae called diatoms; fish eggs; and a big-eyed larval crab the size of a rice grain.’

This photo was taken aboard the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette off Kona, in September 2006.

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