aquatic creatures

Rotifers

Rotifers

March 15th – Rotifers are beautiful microscopic creatures most commonly found in freshwater environments. They are among the smallest members of the animal kingdom, and have delighted amateur microbiologists since their discovery in 1696 by the Rev. John Harris. There are thousands of species, each with its own morphology. But the most distinctive rotiferean characteristic …

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Minnows

Minnows

March 8th – Minnows are small fish! Because of their diminutive size, the word minnow is often used derogatorily by the world’s sharks. But minnows have much to be proud of. There are hundreds of varieties, though Cyprinidae (or carp) are generally regarded as the true minnows. They can live in oceans, streams, rivers, ponds, …

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Krill

Krill

Feb 25th – Krill are small shrimp-like crustaceans that are best known as the favored diet of the blue whale. The largest animal on earth, the giant blue whale can eat up to 6 million krill a day! There are many species of krill found throughout the world’s oceans, but the most well known krill …

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Euglenas

Euglenas

Feb 18th – Euglenas are very common aquatic creatures found in fresh water, salt water – and laboratory droplets. They are one of the most studied microscopic organisms! Euglenas possess the representative features typical of eukaryotic cells, such as a nucleus, mitochondria, golgi bodies, lysosomes, and vacuoles. But their most distinctive characteristics are a long …

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