I came across this image of single drop of seawater magnified twenty-five times from photographer David Littschwager.
This is a stunning example of Leeuwenhook’s world of animalcules. Visible within this one field of view are true animals such as crab larva, fish eggs and copepods, as well as diatom algae, and microbial species like cyanobacteria (orange spiral-shaped cells) and countless others too small to see.
This image certainly makes you rethink the word plankton. All of this endless diversity held within in a single familiar word.
David Littschwager was also the photographer for the National Geographic feature article “Within One Cubic Foot,” written by E.O. Wilison in 2010.