These Nearly Invisible Sea Creatures Fill the Ocean With Stellar Beauty

By Attila Nagy on at

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has published an amazing photo set showing us the smallest marine creatures living in our planet's seas and oceans. They look like Hubble photos of nebulas and stars.

Phytoplanktons, diatoms, different types and forms of algae — they all look beautiful under the microscope. Without these tiny lifeforms, invisible for the naked eye, there would be no life in our seas. And the most enlightening thing is this: these shots look like those spectacular Hubble space photos of galaxies, nebulas, stellar clouds.

Star radiolarian

These nearly-invisible sea creatures fill the oceans with stellar beauty

Unidentified planktonic protist

These nearly-invisible sea creatures fill the oceans with stellar beauty

Radiolarian Eats the tintinnid Proplectella

These nearly-invisible sea creatures fill the oceans with stellar beauty

Globigerinid Foramaniferan (Possibly Globigerinella siphonifera or Globerigina falconensis)

These nearly-invisible sea creatures fill the oceans with stellar beauty

Wagon wheel diatom

These nearly-invisible sea creatures fill the oceans with stellar beauty

Astrolithium cruciatum

These nearly-invisible sea creatures fill the oceans with stellar beauty

Phytoplankton

These nearly-invisible sea creatures fill the oceans with stellar beauty

Scyphosphaera apsteinii

These nearly-invisible sea creatures fill the oceans with stellar beauty

Phytoplankton

These nearly-invisible sea creatures fill the oceans with stellar beauty

Cladopyxis sp. Dinoflagellate

These nearly-invisible sea creatures fill the oceans with stellar beauty

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