Adventures in the Swamp

Yesterday afternoon I had the chance to explore a place I’d never been with some incredible people!

The weather was brisk, cold, and rainy, but somehow it made it even more fun to be outside, digging into this swamp.

We filled tubes, bottles, and pans with samples of the swamp’s water and soil.

Every sample was just teeming with life!!!

I was really quite surprised by the density of organisms, in even unfiltered samples.

Here are a few quick & dirty videos I took just to give a sense of the density.
I’d like to come back to this spot soon & see how much biodiversity I can document in a day. There was so much to see, I can’t imagine what all I could find.

In marine samples I’ve collected in the past, copepods tend to be abundant.

But this time I noticed a copepod with eggs that had had a striking rainbow tube connecting the sac to the body?!

I wonder why this structure reacts to light in this way?
And finally, this dead copepod was just massive in comparison to the surrounding cells… For some reason, when I came across it, it felt like stumbling upon a dinosaur fossil. 🙂

Thanks to everyone for such a great afternoon!

Until next time!
Rebecca

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Manu Prakash says:

    What a wonderful view into the microcosmos @rebecca. That’s so amazing biodiversity – it’s time we do some systematics for that place.

    Let’s gather all hands on deck – local foldscopera for a day of systematics and taxonomy to map as many species we all can document (identifies or unidentofied). We have a treasure trove in our hands!

    Cheers
    Manu

    1. RebeccaKonte says:

      Yes, yes! Absolutely! 🙂 I will send messages out to help get things rolling to make this happen. I can’t wait to see how much of this place we can tease out, it was so rich.

      1. Manu Prakash says:

        This will be our little expedition.

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