LunarTime

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LUNAR TIME:
Living Data Library


K I N S H I P
E V O L V I N G
2020
Tree
Spirit
2019
Algae
Oxygen
2020
Otter
Song
2020
Echidna
Family
2019
Krill
Euphausia
2018
Ocean
Art and data
Human
2016
Inseparable
2007
Cellular
Memories
Euphausia superba (Antarctic krill) 2019. Microscopy art: Maddison Gibbs. Technology and guidance courtesy Australian Antarctic Division.

Story

Krill (Euphausia superba - Antarctic krill):

"...If you were to see the whole of me you may only see my big black eyes, greeny gut, and glowing red tail. As I swim, my pleopods and feeding basket bits move so fast you barely see. But you may feel the water turbulence I make.

Sometimes, in the dark, I fluoresce. I love that you see my greeny-yellow stomach full of phytoplankton I have eaten. That gorgeous colour is chlorophyll A, a dye in the phytoplankton that enables photosynthesis. Quite magical, really, when you think that light is the source of most of what we know as life, and just how many krill there are, and how many whales."

Krill reflections by Lisa Roberts

See also: Ocean health and Ocean-bottom krill sex.