December 7, 2012

Beautiful plankton

Ocean Drifters: A Secret World Beneath the Waves
by Richard R. Kirby

Within the pages of this amazing book, meet the alien and beautiful phytoplankton, zooplankton and sea creature larvae that populate our oceans. These microscopic algae and the tiny animals that eat them underpin the whole marine food chain, provide the world with oxygen, and play an essential role in the global carbon cycle.

Even though the text is highly scientific, children will be fascinated by the photographs and can pore over them for hours. This is a book that will be revisited again and again, by which time they'll be ready to tackle the essays.

Highly recommended.

crab larvae

sea butterfly, aka predatory sea slug

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