Thirteen ocean creatures have surfaced all around Bristol’s BS5 postcode, snapped by some of the world’s very best wildlife photographers. To prove how turtle-y awesome they all are, we’ve created blogs on all of the featured species sharing ten epic facts about them! Sail your way around the exhibition by downloading your very own map and guide.
1) There are different types of plankton – phytoplankton (tiny plants) rely on the sun for photosynthesis, while zooplankton (tiny animals) feed on phytoplankton.
2) Phytoplankton are an essential component of life on Earth for both marine- and land-living creatures as they are responsible for producing up to 50% of the oxygen we breathe!
3) Plankton are unable to swim against currents, tides, or waves.
4) The word ‘plankton’ derives from the Greek word ‘planktos’, meaning wanderer or drifter.
5) Jellyfish are a technically a type of plankton.
6) During their larval stage, all fish are plankton.
7) Plankton can live in freshwater ponds and lakes as well as being found on every ocean on the planet.
8) Bacteria are the only organisms more abundant than plankton.
9) There are so many plankton in the ocean that if you added them all together, they’d outweigh every sea animal!
10) The famous White Cliffs of Dover are actually made up of millions and millions of fossilised plankton.