Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Flake!


I've seen them literally everywhere, especially on wrecks.
They actually look like iridescent blue, coruscating metallic flakes, much like glitter - and when one tries to touch them, they hop away and often disappear in the process. I've kept on asking and asking and asking, and whereas most of my friends have noticed them, too, nobody has ever been able to come up with an answer other than "some kind of Plankton". 

Check this out.
This one is entangled and probably dead, but still brightly iridescent.
Fabulous stuff!

Turns out this is a male Copepod, 
Great post here, paper here.

One more mystery solved - thank you!

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