Jewels in the Night Sea: a Rare Look at Microscopic Plankton in the Night Ocean

Image by @Ryo Minemizu / Facebook

Plankton are heterogeneous, small organisms that are unable to resist the current. Because of this, plankton always drifts in the water. Plankton is a mass of plants and animals, most of which have microscopic dimensions: they can be bacteria, mollusks, crustaceans, eggs and larvae of fish, larvae of various invertebrate animals.

A photographer from Japan, Ryo Minemizu, has devoted his 20-year career to documenting these tiny creatures. Every day, it plunges into the water for 2-8 hours to capture the beauty and diversity of microscopic representatives of the underwater world. After 20 years of diving and photography, the photographer is still amazed by the beauty of these species, which represent for him life in its most perfect form.

Since plankton size usually varies from 2 to 40 millimeters, the photographer had to develop special methods for obtaining detailed images. Through trial and error, Rio Minemizu came to a night dive with underwater lighting in order to better identify the characteristics of each organism. What the photographer is highlighting in his photos is also the ability of these creatures to change their appearance to escape the dangers, for example by transforming their long spines into armor against predators.