Sapphirina, an astonishing show of light and color

Today I present to you a copepod that has been called the most beautiful animal in the world, the Sapphirina. Sapphirins are parasites of gelatinous plankton, especially doliolids, into which they enter and devour. While this fact is terrifying and would make them worthy of a post within this blog, this copepod also has otherContinue reading “Sapphirina, an astonishing show of light and color”

Plankton, mussels with french fries, and diarrhea

The Belgians have the culinary tradition of eating mussels with French fries; it is all a matter of taste. In Catalonia, on the other hand, we serve them alone, in sauce, or in paellas or other equally delicious dishes. Mussels, apart from being a gastronomic delight, available to everyone, are incredibly efficient filtering machines. InContinue reading “Plankton, mussels with french fries, and diarrhea”

Are there carnivorous plants in the sea?

Whether because of Audrey from Frank Oz’s musical Little Shop of Horrors, or because of The day of the Triffids of John Wyndham’s, or even because of the little venus fly trap plants sold in the flower shops, everybody knows what carnivorous or mixotrophic plants are. You may even have tried to grow one at home, probablyContinue reading “Are there carnivorous plants in the sea?”

Copepods: Good things come in small packages

Imagine a group of organisms more abundant than insects; so abundant that if we place them in a row touching each other by the antennas one could reach the sun and return. That they were the main source of food for fish, to the point that without them there would probably be none left inContinue reading “Copepods: Good things come in small packages”

The rhythms of plankton

The dichotomy between day and night drives most rhythms in nature. The sun activates photosynthesis and with it, thousands of biochemical, physiological, and ethological processes. Humans sleep mostly at night, but many beasts thrive in the dark. During the night we see the moon, which also has its rhythms around 28-29 days. The duration betweenContinue reading “The rhythms of plankton”

THE FOUR SEASONS OF PLANKTON

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, composed in 1721, are among the most famous classical music works of all time. By listening to each of the concerts, we instinctively move into nature in all its splendor and severity. In the same way, plankton live and vibrates in response to the sound of the seasons in a harmonious wayContinue reading “THE FOUR SEASONS OF PLANKTON”