Everyone who has ever taken a dip in the ocean has inadvertently taken a monumental gulp of salty seawater.
Unfortunately for those of the queasy persuasion, however, it’s not just salt and H20 that you’re consuming, but a whole world of micro marine biology.
Photographer David Littschwager captured the complex ecosystem of a drop of seawater on a US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship back in 2006, and it’s extremely detailed.
The image gives us a glimpse into the ocean’s incredible world of zooplankton, eggs, bacteria and larva, among other icky, tiny organisms.
Speaking via JellyWatch, the photographer says that as little water as possible was used to cover a 60mm petri dish for the image. “The magnification was 2x life size, meaning that the actual frame size was a half inch high,” he adds, so depending on how big the image is on your screen you can calculate the magnification as you see it.””
After taking a long, hard look at the picture, some of you may want to keep your mouths tightly shut next time you’re chilling out in your local bay. On the other hand, these critters are a fresh – albeit tiny – source of protein!