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The whole world in a drop of sea water

Everything is a matter of perspective. What for some of us is an unnoticeable trifle may be the whole world for some. A photographer decided to find out what is hidden in a drop of sea water, and you can see the effects of his investigations below. What is great, powerful and awe-inspiring is usually
Published: February 17, 2020 - 13:45
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 19:19
The whole world in a drop of sea water

Everything is a matter of perspective. What for some of us is an unnoticeable trifle may be the whole world for some. A photographer decided to find out what is hidden in a drop of sea water, and you can see the effects of his investigations below.

What is great, powerful and awe-inspiring is usually made up of small elements. It is no different with the seas and oceans. Beautiful, varied, full of contrasts and, depending on weather conditions, soothing the senses or arousing fear. But have you ever wondered what a single drop of sea water holds?

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The question posed above came to the mind of American photographer David Liittschwager one day, who decided to take a closer look… A sample of about 15 drops of water was placed in a Petri dish with a diameter of 60 mm. The image shown in the photo, however, shows only a small part of what was on its surface.

The effect? The enlarged image can be thought of as a single drop of sea water from which a whole host of tiny organisms emerge. There is a crab larva visible in the bottom left corner, diatoms, cyanobacteria, copepods, sea darts, fish eggs, bacteria, zooplankton and even worms. They differ in almost everything, from their colours and shapes to their size, but what they have in common is the fact that we find this “mixture” in every single drop of sea water.

Source: nationalgeographic.com
Photo: David Liittschwager

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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