Plankton of Hawaii
Please try to limit postings to plankton smaller than 1 cm. Check out the plankton kit on our website if you need help collecting plankton. Please include as much data as possible to help discover trends. Useful data includes time of day, depth sampled, weather conditions, tide cycle, water temperature, salinity, moon phase. Pictures of the whole plankton sample along with individuals are welcome. Try to estimate the relative abundance of the organisms pictured out of your whole sample (i.e. this organism made up about 30% of our sample collected today). Sign in to join mission
Join us in our mission to characterize the distribution of plankton communities throughout Hawaii. This mission is an extension of the Microscopes in Middle Schools project and the C-MORE plankton kit. Plankton are any organisms that live in the water and are incapable of swimming against a current. These organisms include drifting plants, animals, bacteria and archaea. Plankton are the base of the marine food web and are an important food source for corals, fish, shrimp, anenomes, whales, other plankton, etc. The plant-like plankton are call phytoplankton and the animal-like plankton are called zooplankton.
Lat: 21.31 Long: -157.86