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.)
Unidentified planktonic protist
Radiolarian ate the tintinnid Proplectella
Globigerinid Foramaniferan (Possibly Globigerinella siphonifera or Globerigina falconensis)
Wagon wheel diatom
Cladopyxis sp. Dinoflagellate
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