These Nearly-Invisible Sea Creatures Fill the Oceans with Beauty

By Attila Nagy on at

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has put together and released an amazing photo set showing us the smallest marine creatures living in our planet's seas and oceans.

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.

(Top gif: the Eskimo Nebula and a wagon wheel diatom.)

Star radiolarian

These Nearly-Invisible Sea Creatures Fill the Oceans with Beauty


Unidentified planktonic protist

These Nearly-Invisible Sea Creatures Fill the Oceans with Beauty


Radiolarian ate the tintinnid Proplectella

These Nearly-Invisible Sea Creatures Fill the Oceans with Beauty


Globigerinid Foramaniferan (Possibly Globigerinella siphonifera or Globerigina falconensis)

These Nearly-Invisible Sea Creatures Fill the Oceans with Beauty


Wagon wheel diatom

These Nearly-Invisible Sea Creatures Fill the Oceans with Beauty


Astrolithium cruciatum

These Nearly-Invisible Sea Creatures Fill the Oceans with Beauty


Phytoplankton

These Nearly-Invisible Sea Creatures Fill the Oceans with Beauty


Scyphosphaera apsteinii

These Nearly-Invisible Sea Creatures Fill the Oceans with Beauty


Phytoplankton

These Nearly-Invisible Sea Creatures Fill the Oceans with Beauty


Cladopyxis sp. Dinoflagellate

These Nearly-Invisible Sea Creatures Fill the Oceans with Beauty


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