Fact of the week
Plankton are microscopic in size, yet vital in food webs.
Plankton are microscopic organisms that play huge roles in marine ecosystems. They are the bases of al food webs and without them, the oceans would be bare.
The word 'plankton' comes from the Greek word 'planktos' meaning drifter. They are called this because, unlike fish, plankton is unable to move on its own. It is carried by the tides and the waves. They drift and are consumed by any creature that happens across it. An example of this is basking sharks, although they are huge creatures they eat very little thing, like plankton. They swim with mouths open wide and eat all the plankton they come across.
We know how much plankton is in a certain area by looking at the clarity of the water. Clear water usually has little plankton and brow or green water with more. It is these areas where the basking sharks love to come.
There are two maim types of plankton. Phytoplankton which are plants create energy by photosynthesis. These tiny creatures make up around 50% of all photosynthesis on Earth. There is also zooplankton which are tiny animals. The zooplankton tend to eat the phytoplankton. There are also bacterioplankton and virioplankton.
Plankton can be found in fresh and salt water.
Climate change and rising sea temperatures are threatening plankton populations all over the globe. It is vital that this comes to an and soon as it may result in huge population declines higher up the food web.
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of the month
A Clown Fish
These colourful creatures find from predators in the tentacles of their anemones, which are filled with toxin.
There are 30 species which live in shallow waters.
All clown fish are born male! They have the ability to change but once done, the change is irreversible.
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Our planet is incredible and unique and it is vital that it remains this way.
Changing weather patterns are becoming more frequent, greenhouse gases are already too high and key climate- stabilising systems are starting to fail.
To learn what you can do to save our astounding planet visit my Save the Planet Page.
One of my biggest achievements is receiving a letter from Sir David Attenborough after writing to him. When I wrote to him I explained how much of an inspiration he is and I also included a speech which described my passions for the environment.
I have also received a letter from Jacinda Arden relating to a campaign I participated in for the New Zealand dolphins.
HI, I'M NEAVE
Everything about the ocean and nature interest me. Marine life and all life on Earth completely amazes me and yet there are thousands of species yet to be discovered.
Every creature is a miracle of evolution and it is devastating to think that one generation can destroy this.
I want to share my love for the ocean with you and let you all know how you can protect our truly unbelievable planet Earth.