Copepod sighting from Kitakyushu, Japan! I would like to share a video of my friend Blair and I seeing a copepod for the first time on March 25th, 2018 with a Foldscope.
I scooped some pond water with a paper cup (reused from picnic lunch) from a lily pond where a few koi fish were swimming around. I chose a spot where water was very still. The cup scooped up the pond water with lots of algae, detritus, and tiny swimmers.
With a dropper and a petri dish, Blair caught a tiny dot that seemed interesting to observe. So she transferred the dot onto a glass slide with a very very little droplet of water. And I covered the droplet with a piece of tape, using it as a coverslip.
Here is what we saw…
Our questions captured in the video:
- What do copepods eat?
- Why does it have a red dot?
- Do copepods have eyespots?
Answers found in:
- ‘s post http://microcosmos.foldscope.com/?p=23027
Note to self for next time:
- Use the PVC well on the slide so that I don’t squish the poor creature
Keep exploring and share your discoveries with your friends 🙂