Tag Archives: plankton

Sea lion seizures, toxic algae and the nightmare scenario for the oceans

[USA] A sea lion on a Washington beach curls into a fetal position, shuddering. Then it contorts its neck, craning its head into the air, clearly in distress. NOAA researchers in Washington were horrified by this recent footage from Long Beach: Continue reading Sea lion seizures, toxic algae and the nightmare scenario for the oceans

Why you can smell the seaside: Source of aromatic molecule behind distinctive coastal scent traced to algal enzyme

[Israel] The fresh, salty smell of the ocean is one of the most distinctive smells on the planet, evoking memories of crashing waves, sandy beaches and the cry of seagulls.

Now scientists have finally unravelled how the seaside odour is produced, Continue reading Why you can smell the seaside: Source of aromatic molecule behind distinctive coastal scent traced to algal enzyme

Photo Gallery: The Drifting World

Plankton are the sea stuff that we do not eat and cannot see. They are, by definition, not swimmers but drifters; any creature that cannot propel itself against the current is a plankter (that’s the singular). Their tiny cosmos contains multitudes—an estimated million and a half species, including plants and animals, bacteria and viruses, fish larvae and microalgae, predators, parasites, and prey. Continue reading Photo Gallery: The Drifting World