Amazing Plankton Pics

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Worm larva

Dr Richard Kirkby, a Royal Society Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth in the UK, took these stunning up-close photos of plankton. He will be revealing the photos of at an exhibition at Blue Reef, Blue Planet and Deep Sea World aquariums in England throughout 2009.

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Spider crab larva

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Metroid villain

Many more below the fold...

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Doliolid - Has the makings of a primitive backbone.

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Swimming crab larva

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Sardine eggs

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Thumbnail crab larva

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Spongebob villain

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Copepod on the eye of a needle

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Algal blooms

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Echinoderm Ludia sarsii

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Algal blooms? Or fireworks? Hmmm...

They're pretty. I see what you mean about the Metroid.

By Alison Robin (not verified) on 22 Dec 2008 #permalink

Are they in any way related to brine shrimp? For some reason they remind me of brine shrimp. . .

By Ilovemyfuzzies (not verified) on 05 Jan 2009 #permalink

They're pretty. I see what you mean about the Metroid.
Are they in any way related to brine shrimp? For some reason they remind me of brine shrimp. . .

I already have a well-equipped laboratory facility, which, with your help, could easily be relocated to the appropriate underground cave, glacier, secret island, or space station.

But how exactly would you perform breast-reduction surgery--or any surgery, for that matter--when an individual's magic bracelets are constantly maneuvering to defend against an incoming scalpel? My point is that you don't have to--I may be able to do something about this by using current genetic-manipulation methodologies.

You should check your comments for spam. Great shots. What camera/lens/lighting did you use?

Very nice,