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The Secret Life of Plankton

The Secret Life of Plankton


[Stories from the Sea] [Fish Tale
My Secret Life as Plankton] How did I get here? Well, it’s a stranger story
than you might think. I came from a world of drifters, a place few humans have ever seen. The world of plankton. I came from a batch of a million eggs,
and only a few of us survived. When I became a larva,
I moved among other drifters. [“Plankton” comes from the Greek
“planktos” for wandering] My fellow plankton came in all sizes,
from tiny algae and bacteria to animals longer than a blue whale. I shared my nursery
with other embryos and juveniles, from clams and crabs
to sea urchins and anemones. (High pitch sound) We drifting animals
are called zooplankton. The most common animals here
are copepods and krill. (Buzzing) You could search the world over, but you’d never find a place
more diverse than my childhood home. A teaspoon of seawater can contain more
than a million living creatures. It can be a pretty tough
existence, though. Trillions are born here,
but only a few make it to adulthood. He may be no larger than a pin head, but this crab larva
is an arrow worm’s worst nightmare. (Bumping noises) (Buzzing) Epic battles between carnivores
like these are just one way to get food. But the real powers
of this place come from phytoplankton. Single-celled life that transforms sunlight
and carbon dioxide into edible gold. Phytoplankton are the base
for the largest food web in the world. During the night, many animals like me
would rise up from the depths to feed on this sun-powered feast. (Maraca sound) I was part of the largest daily
migration of life on Earth. During the day, I’d return to the darkness,
where I’d join my bizarre companions. (High pitch buzz) (Flapping noises) Cannibals, like this
sea butterfly mollusk, that eats its next of kin. And comb jellies, that beat cilia like rainbowed eyelashes. Some of these snare
their prey with sticky tentacles, while others just take
a bite out of their cousins. And siphonophores that catch prey with toxic fishing lures. But my favorite would have
to be the crustacean Phronima. Its monstrous looks inspired
the movie “Aliens.” It can catch tiny bits in its bristles, but prefers larger prey like salps. With two sets of eyes,
this female prowls the deeper water. Prey in hand, she performs one
of the strangest behaviors in the entire animal kingdom. With body parts from her victims, she delicately assembles
a barrel-like home feeding her young until they can drift off
and survive on their own. Best of all, they make the perfect
snack for a small fish like me. Here among the plankton, the food web is so tangled and complex, even scientists don’t know who eats whom. But I do. At least now you know a bit of my story. There’s so much more to me
than just a tasty meal.

100 thoughts on “The Secret Life of Plankton”

  1. What about phytoplankton life cycle also. How to make video both plackton at fish pond in new pond

  2. Cosmic mucus, alleged as such as to the stars. A moon, orbiting as such in reverence to covenant. The prayer, an epidemiologists pecuniary spore.

  3. Fish: At night I rise to feed the sun nourished gold.
    Fish: I dive deep into darkness with my bizarre companions at daytime.
    Me : So..dear fishy your childhood was DARK

  4. Oh my god! They did not get my permission to put me in this video. I know that I am a beautiful fish with a beautiful red hue, but seriously guys! ENoOUGh

  5. 前に海で食物網解析したけどまじで複雑すぎて自分のちっぽけさを思い知ったよ….

  6. When drawing conclusions, scientists need to consider other reasons why phytoplankton are dying besides GWCC… This is a quote from "In Harmony With Earth" , they blame herbicide and pesticides in coastal waterways for causing phytoplankton kill. "It is really Monsanto herbicide chemical corporation killing phytoplankton.These herbicide toxins are washing down the rivers of the world into the ocean.Almost everyone abuses them completely unregulated and ABSOLUTELY unenforced.Herbicides are the only thing that has drastically changed in agriculture and forestry. Fertilizer use has actually decreased due to computerized machinery .Phytoplankton are not supposed to die.They never died until herbicide became the base of usda and all commercial agriculture world wide.Phytoplankton should not die from lack of oxygen because they convert oxygen from carbon dioxide.They are supposed to be food for plankton and coral.They also are supposed to convert mostly all of the worlds carbon dioxide into oxygen.This is because 78% of earth is ocean.Phytoplankton are the lungs of the earth,the base of the aquatic food chain.The point is why they ARE dying.All of these film studies are the same misinformation from the same source.None even put herbicide toxins into the equation or why the phytoplankton are dying instead of being consumed by plankton.They all just say nutrients make them increase then they just die, causing hypoxia.This does not explain why carbon dioxide conversion isnt happening as much,Why all the coral reefs that feed only on phytoplankton are starving,why fish are disappearing and dying in mass,why phytoplankton are dying.Only that nutrient waste isnt being consumed on its way downriver and it tries to get consumed but it mysteriously kills the phytoplankton that consume it.Leaving dead water with patches of algae in the soup.Herbicide."

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