Planktonia: The Nightly Migration of the Ocean’s Smallest Creatures

Firefly. Aug. 2022. 176p. ISBN 9780228103837. $35. REF
The world’s largest migration is the almost daily vertical oceanic movement of plankton, a broad category of tiny drifting marine plants and animals. Conservationist Hoyt’s (Strange Sea Creatures) book tracks plankton’s nightly migrations (which attract predators like squids and lion’s mane jellyfish) with stunning backlit photographs by notable black-water photographers Mike Bartik, Linda Ianniello, and Susan Mears across locations like Anilao, Philippines, and Suruga Bay, Japan. Beyond the stunningly beautiful photographs, all made with regard for the ecosystem, is Hoyt’s text that touches on plankton’s key role in carbon sequestration against climate change.
VERDICT Sea angels, tonguefish, hydromedusae, and peppermint shrimp in all their majestic beauty. Consider for all libraries.
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