Tuesday, May 7, 2013

In Search of Plankton

And now for the real deal -- what we're finding in our samples! So far there haven't been a lot of definite bluefin but we have found other tunas and billfish, as well as various planktonic characters like lobsters, different fish, crustaceans, worms, snails, jellies, etc. We've also found a lot of trash, mostly plastics (more on that in a future post).

We took all of these photos using a microscope camera. 

By clicking on a photo you can view it in a larger window.

Bluefin tuna larvae
Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) - What we're looking for!
larval sunfish (molidae)
Sunfish (Molidae)

Larval mahi mahi
Mahi Mahi (Coryphaenidae) 
planktonic worm
Pufferfish larvae
Pufferfish (Tetraodontidae)

Myctophid (Myctophidae)
Euphausiid and a decapod
Krill (euphausiidae) and a decapod

Billfish larvae
Billfish (Istiophoridae)
Lobster larvae
Lobster larvae
All photos are the property of NOAA. Reproduction, manipulation, or downloading are prohibited without permission by Kat Dale. Thanks!


  1. Dear Kat... your larvae pictures is very nice and clear... I would like to ask your permission to use it as reference. do you have any publication on fish larvae? Thanks

    1. We don't have any publications on photos, but you're welcome to use our photos. Just cite "NOAA Fisheries" as the source. Thanks for asking!