‘Twas the night before Christmas (phytoplankton edition)

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A reworked (some would  say ‘improved’) version of  Clement Clarke Moore’s classic Christmas poem:

christmas plankton‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the ‘photic zone,
Few creatures were stirring, most plankton were all alone;
The water was mixed, with nutrients galore,
Critters hoping come spring, temperatures would soar.

christmas plankton 2

The copepods were nestled, all snug in their beds,
While visions of algal blooms, danced in their heads;
And a dinoflagellate cyst, near to the PAP (Porcupine Abyssal Plain),
Had just settled down, for a long winter’s nap.

christmas plankton 3When spring-time arrives, there will be such clatter,
Algae will wake, and once again matter;
The sea will be green, and teeming with life,
Phytoplankton will grow, once photosynthesis ’tis rife.

David Aldridge

Images courtesy of Richard Kirby’s awesome book, Ocean Drifters.


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