Copepods. Light micrograph of a group of copepods, subclass Copepoda, marine crustaceans. Copepods are tiny, shrimp-like planktonic animals that live in vast numbers in the surface of seas and lakes, where they feed on microscopic plants. They swim with hopping movements, beating their legs to climb up through the water before sinking slowly back down with feathery antennae extended like parachutes. They play a crucial role in the marine food chain they are the primary converters of plant protein to animal protein and are the main source of food for fish such as herring and mackerel. Magnification x20 at 35mm size.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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