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Stunning Underwater Photos Explore the Secret Life of Plankton
Ryo Minemizu's images capture in meticulous detail the startling beauty of the tiny living things that drift in our planet's oceans.
Plankton is not a species. It's a collective name for all the tiny marine and freshwater life that exist in a floating state. Too small or weak to fight the currents, they drift where the water takes them.
Apart from bacteria, these plants, animals, and other types of organisms are the most abundant life form on Earth and play a critical role in the marine food chain.
Above: Aglaura hemistoma, a very small jellyfish that's no more than about 4 millimeters in diameter.
To create his photographs, Minemizu spends about eight hours a day underwater, drifting and waiting for the right moment to press the shutter. He shoots during the day and night using a lighting system he developed to highlight the vivid colors and fantastic shapes of plankton as small as 2 millimeters.
Above: Larva of Limidae, a bivalve mollusk.
A larval crab has long spines sticking out of its body.
"The Secret World of Plankton" will be on display at Foto Care in New York City from June 21 -24. For information on the opening reception, click here.
For information on Ryo Minemizu's free photography workshop at Foto Care on June 22, click here.