by Parafilms, for CNRS
Now available online at The Plankton Chronicles.
Also see The Secret Life of Plankton, at TED-Ed.
Use the links below to view the videos from the EEB server (slower loading).
Plankton are a multitude of living organisms adrift in the currents. Our food, our fuel, the air we breathe originate in plankton. Plankton.mov
Protists: Our single cell ancestors
Single cell organisms, protists are the ancestors of all plants and animals. Protists.mov
Embryos & Larvae
Drifting in the currents, embryos and larvae perpetuate the species and are food for multitudes. Embryos-larvae.mov
Sea Urchin plankton
Barely visible to the naked eye, sea urchin larvae grow and transform into bottom-dwelling urchins. Sea-urchin.mov
Jellies flourished more than 500 million years ago. Are they destined to rule the oceans? Jellies.mov
Shimmering waves of light, stalking their prey, ctenophores are on the move. Ctenophores.mov
Salps: Exploding populations
Close ancestors of vertebrates, salps gobble up algae and grow into long chains of clones. Salps.mov
Velella: Planktonic vessels
Colonies of polyps transported by prevailing winds, velella drift at the surface of warm seas. Velella.mov
Pteropodes: Mollusks that swim
Planktonic snails known as sea butterflies, build fragile shells. Will they survive an acidifying ocean? Pteropods.mov
Pelagia : A fearsome jellyfish
Purple jellies move in droves, their nasty stings feared by bathers. Pelagia-jelly.mov
Propelled by eight rows of combs, pleurobrachia deploy two long tentacles to fish for small crustaceans. Pleurobrachia.mov
Phronima: Gentle monsters
The female phronima recycles parts of salps or jellies, building barrels to raise her progeny. Phronima.mov