Invisible to the naked eye, plankton account for half of the world’s photosynthesis and atmospheric oxygen, and they help regulate our climate. They are the base of the oceanic food chain. Without plankton, other sea life wouldn't exist. Some plankton are vertebrates, and have primitive backbones like humans. Sadly, the population of phytoplankton has declined 40% since 1950 due to rising sea temperatures.
This series is inspired by a quote from Steinbeck’s the Sea of Cortez.
“Each of them in his own tempo, and with his own voice discovered and reaffirmed with astonishment the knowledge that all things are one thing and that one thing is all things—plankton, a shimmering phosphorescence on the sea and the spinning of planets and an expanding universe, all bound together by the elastic string of time. It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again.”