‘Twas the night before Christmas (phytoplankton edition)

Follow @D_Aldridge

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.

6 thoughts on “‘Twas the night before Christmas (phytoplankton edition)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s