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The beautiful half-arches that appear to shoot out of the shells are predaceous organs of baby Gooseneck Barnacles (lepas anatifera).
This image is reminiscent of a sharp biotech sword gleaming on a pitch-black night. However, this is a microscopic image of Pseudo-nitzschia pungens (Grunowez leve). The cell size is 8µm wide and 130-170µm in length.
Watch out!, someboday is throwing a ninja star. Actually, this is a Dictyocha / silicofkagellates (46µm) of phytoplankton.
These are unbelievably cool and well designed creatures
This photograph looks like a dramatic panoramic view of the ocean.
This photo is not a wide-angle shot of the ocean, but a close-up picture inside of a blue plastic bottle cap.
Nine unique zooplanktons once lived and traveled together in the Pacific Ocean on this 3cm diameter bottle cap until it washed ashore on the beach of Ocean Shores.
They were all dried at the time they were discovered, but their visible outline (shapes and colors) were well preserved.
We have not yet determined the biological classification of these 3 creatures, but they seem to be a family (or order) of Branchyura Zoea (larva of crab) from their body and distinguishing branching legs.
Two small baby fish (about 2mm); one on top and the other on the bottom. They appear to be either Butterfish or Golden threadfin bream.

This is a group of Cheilostome Bryozoan from the North Pacific. The partition lines of each compartment are the protective outer coverings of Bryozoan. The median size of each compartment of Zooid is 300Ám x 800Ám.
This photo is taken with a polarization of kelly green filter set to deliver a clear image.
Who are you really?
This phytoplankton is looks remarkably like an alien that has Zygomatic arch organs, which is providing CO2 to the entire body of host as food. However, these are actually an alley of filamentous algae.
A miniture cosmic world projected on High Resolution Digital microscope screen.
Two Astromphalus Algae (40µm) are enjoying a free ride on the head of a white ghost dragon swimming into votex rolls.
Young oyster shells are attached to the surface of a floating deck made of styrofoam and began developing colonies, which contain nooks and crannies.
This magnified dynamic image looks like an expanse of glacier ice and glacial erosion. This floating deck may have been used at oyster cultivation farms in Japan.
While preparing to observe Prorocentrum sp (Dinophyceae), we accidentally knocked the microscope, resulting in one of the Prorocentrum (size: 20µm x 60µm) on the glass to seemingly dive into the immersion oil. This gave us a surprisingly dynamic image, as shown above.
Who are you?
Over the cource of microscope obsevation, we see many interesting images created accidentally through unknown means.
A school of phytoplanktons. How many species of planktons can you find?

Visualizing the Hidden Life on
Marine Debris Through a
Microscopic Lens

Islands4Kids is creating digitally enhanced, aesthetically appealing visuals of planktons that were found on plastic marine debris at Ocean Shores. They are created not only to display scientific photographs, but to leave a lively and strong impact on children by showing the dynamic life of these micro-worlds of phytoplankton and zooplankton, which may have traveled across the Pacific Ocean on plastic.  
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