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Smiling Pico-plankton

Smiling Pico-plankton
© Yukari Dan, Junko Shimotakahara, Mine Nakagawa (Hitachi Instrument Engineering Co.,Ltd.)
© Masanobu Kawachi (Marine Biotechnology Institute Co., Ltd.)
© Tamotsu Nagumo, Fusako Mitsuhashi (Nippon Dental Univ.)

This is a small organism of plankton collected in the northern Atlantic Ocean. The population of this plankton is high in cold water regions such as the Antarctic Ocean and the Arctic Ocean. People have very little knowledge about this plankton. Biological and ecological studies as well as other scientific investigation have just begun. Do you think that this plankton is smiling at you in the picture? It may appear in your dream tonight.

At 53rd photo contest hosted by the Japanese Society of Electron Microscopy in 1997.


Specimen : Triparma strigata

Instrument : Scanning Electron Microscope S-4500+ PCI Slow-Scan for Analog SEMs

Accelerating voltage : 1.5 kV

Sample preparation : Os coating

Specimen : Courtesy of Dr.Masanobu Kawachi (Marine Biotechnology Institute Co., Ltd.)

*All information related to these photographers is based on the information when the photo was taken.

*This work was presented at the "photo contest" hosted by the Japanese Society of Microscopy.

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