Plankton sampling at the mouth of Pedder Bay

On 5 and 6 October 2020, first year Marine Science students who are currently on campus set out to collect plankton. We went out in a boat called ‘Second Nature’ and dragged both plankton nets (50 and 500 micron mesh size) through the water.

Pulling in the plankton net…

We collected some amazing drifting organisms…

A phytoplankton bonanza – centric diatoms like liquid gold!
And lots of zooplankton too!

“Plankton soup, plankton soup
Aye! You really ought to try some
The ocean is alive with plankton soup”

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