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Not really sure what this is.. My best guess is some sort of crustacean or maybe cnidarian larva. The legs (arms?) seem like they might be segmented, but I'm not sure. Much larger than most of the phytoplankton in the sample.


A marine biologist on board skimmed some plankton using really fine mesh nets and we took a drop from that sample and placed it under a microscope. The sample was skimmed in Izhut Bay just off Afognak Island in somewhat shallow water (less than 200 feet).


I apologize for the grainy photos. The microscope had a little screen mounted so other could see what you were seeing without peering through the eyepieces. My camera picked up on the screen components, making it appear grainier than in person.

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Alaska, USA

Lat: 58.21, Long: -152.25

Spotted on Sep 19, 2019
Submitted on Nov 1, 2019

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