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Ocean Drifters: A Secret World Beneath The Waves

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"Beasts that look as if they come from a science-fiction movie."

-- The Times (UK)

Beneath the waves lies a hidden microcosm of life: the world of plankton. These microscopic algae and the tiny animals that eat them float freely in the sunlit surface of the sea, where they underpin the whole marine food chain, provide the world with oxygen, and play an essential role in

Paperback, 192 pages
Published by Studio Cactus, (first published August 16th 2011)
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This is a field trip to another world, which is what I was after when I checked it out. The photographs are fantastic, although the writing is too jargon-y for general audiences (such as myself). Also, someone should have told Mr. Kirby that when he quotes 19th century scientists, those letters that look like "f" are really "s". He gives the fathers of the modern scientific method a serious lisp. However, I did like his phraseology when he explained that immobile, sexually-reproducing mussels ha ...more
Apr 13, 2012 g-na rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biology-zoology
Kirby is a biologist specializing in plankton, and after seeing his photos you can certainly understand his interest. The pictures (portraits?) herein are spectacular microscopy photos that capture the planktonic world in such a way that allows you to appreciate the art and beauty you are unable to see with the naked eye. While this is mainly a photography book the author takes the time to educate his audience and teach us some of the science surrounding these miniscule plants and animals. Recom ...more
Mar 16, 2014 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great photos.
So amazing to think of what might be living in a drop of seawater— and so amazing to see actual photographs of them.
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I am a plankton scientist and I study an amazing world of life of striking beauty that is mostly too small to be seen by the naked eye. While often overlooked, the plankton affect every aspect of our lives. You can see how in this short film I created called Ocean Drifters, which is narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

In the sea, the plankton begin the marine food chain. Microscopic phytoplankton
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