Copepods

This month, we are celebrating the fascinating world of copepods. These tiny aquatic crustaceans can be found virtually anywhere there is water, from mountain streams to the ocean depths. They form an important link in the aquatic food chain, feeding on microscopic cells of phytoplankton. A single copepod can consume up to 373,000 phytoplanktons per day! In turn, copepods are eaten by juvenile fish and other planktivores, including some whales. Adults typically grow to a length of 1-2 mm but some can be as small as just 0.2mm. Peter Parks' incredible micro-photography of copepods form part of our library of images taken by Peter and his son Chris Parks, the founders of Image Quest Marine. 


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