Yesterday, scraping from the bottom of the sea water table, I found these mysterious jumping ciliates? I’m calling them ciliates since Manu has found some in the past..
Here’s a first video of 2 of them in sync with gif.
It was so beautiful to watch them go. If someone can ID them (@laks, @manup) that would be awesome. I’ll add more videos below to give you a better view.
This video really shows some crazy jumps they make to go out of field of view..
In this video, i mounted them on a compound microscope (10X) to get a better view. Fyi, i recorded the video using my iPhone connected by a tool i ordered off amazon called snap zoom. If you have scope and wanted to attach your phone to it to take for e.g. high-speed videos, i recommend it. Of course, the foldscope is sufficient, but i was curious to compare 🙂
In the video below I noticed something peculiar – it appears as if the ciliate is laying eggs? Can someone confirm? Im not sure how ciliates reproduce..
I also captured some high-speed videos at 240 frames per second. It gives a good sense of how they exploit the ciliary motion to jump.
And here’s just another video of it swimming about.