accompanies each panel. Only a portion of this, the introduction,
is shown below.
|Beautiful, blue and bubbly – this strange group
is the most bizarre and easily noticed within the plankton community.
“Blue”, so as to be well camouflaged from aerial attack by marauding
tropical birds, gulls and petrels. “Bubbly” so as to remain floating
on the top of the most unpredictable surface on the planet – exposed
to merciless ultra violet radiation, wind, storm, wave, current
and even the odd atomic test – these animals are consummate “floaters”!
“Beautiful”, because they are. Much of their colour comes from
symbiotic algae or crystalline material that imparts structural
colour. They are amongst the few animals that sport true purple
colouration. Amongst their number is the longest animal in the
world. Read on for more...