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Are you also expecting to find protists in your samples?  If so, what types?

Posted on November 06 2012

Question submitted by The Packer Collegiate Institute

We are not specifically looking for protists although Mike Gil has found several species of algae on macroplastics brought aboard.  Greg Boyd told me that as part of their research objectives he and his collaborators will also be looking for protists on samples brought back from this cruise.

You can clearly see the different colors of algae representing different species.  As the makeup of the domain protists is changing, we are not sure whether any of these are or are not protists.  Also visible are a Planes crab, nudibranches (sea slugs) and young gooseneck barnacles the size of rice grains.