Great plankton pictures taken offshore Miami

Here is a nice collection of plankton underwater shot  by Dr. Evan D’alessandro while conducting research offshore Miami

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the Portuguese Man of War is not a Jellyfish but a Siphonophore!

The Portuguese Man of War or Physalia is a siphonophore floating at the surface of the ocean like a drifting balloon with deadly tentacles waiting to capture careless preys. Its body looks like a sail that catches the ocean wind to propel itself.

More Information on Physalia

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Portuguese Man of War Fish

The Portuguese Man of War Fish or Nomeid seems to be immune to the powerful sting of the Physalia. It is actually a very agile swimmer that can avoid the stinging tentacles.It uses this deadly siphonophore for shelter against predators and can also feed on some of the smaller tentacles that do not seems to have a strong sting.

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Nice ctenophore

Our favorite, the Venus Belt! Nice to see this one in color!

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salp chain

If you click on the this amazing picture you will see a small fish larvae seeking shelter among the salps. very neat!

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ctenophore bloom

Beautiful bloom of lobate ctenohphores. The wall of death some smaller plankters:)

 

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4 thoughts on “Great plankton pictures taken offshore Miami

    • Hi Sergio — I’m sorry that this comment got lost! Email Cedric Guigand at cguigand [at] rsmas.miami.edu for permission to use these photos.

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