Tomopteris

Tomopteris is a marine planktonic group of polychaete worms. They are very common in all they oceans and seas, many of them living in the deep-sea. All of these tomopteris species emit blue light, called luminescence. Tomopteris helgolandica emits also a yellow light. All Tompteris are transparant . It feeds on other plankton members. (…

樋井川さんぽ (福岡市) Hii River Walk in Fukuoka, Japan

皆さんこんにちは!Hi everyone! 3月23日に福岡県福岡市を流れる樋井川(ひいかわ)の水辺環境を大切にしている地元の皆さんにお招き頂き、「樋井川さんぽ」に参加しました!On March 23rd, 2019, I was invited by an amazing community group in Fukuoka, Japan to join them for the monthly Creek Walk along Hii River. 「樋井川さんぽ」とは、2018年1月から月1回行われている清掃活動と環境学習を兼ねた活動 (詳細はこちら)。樋井川を大切にする地元の方々が連携して企画・開催されています。当日の様子は活動担当をされている宮本さくらさんのブログや樋井川さんぽFBでもご覧いただけます。The Creek Walk at Hii River is a monthly creek appreciation event that’s been planned, coordinated, and executed by the local community group since January 2018….

Zooplankton in a water puddle

It was a foot-deep puddle near the boundary of our large housing complex. For months no-one gave it a second look — till its wealth of gliding, writhing animal life was revealed by our foldscopes. Only then we found out that the water in this permanent puddle came from a rusty, leaking one-inch metal pipe…

Zooplankton with Danjugan Island Camp

As part of our passion for changing perspectives with Foldscopes and marine education at Big Blue Network, we returned for the 2nd Danjugan Island Environment Education Program. This time we had nearly 50 kids participating in our Foldscope introduction class! We have devised a very simple zooplankton trap out of some pieces of plastic plumbing…

Danjugan Island Ecosystems & Big Blue Network

We introduced Foldscopes to 25 kids participating in a week-long camp know as the Danjugan Island Environment Education Program.  The kids used their Foldscopes to get a different perspective of the island’s  5 different eco-systems which they also explored on hikes and by snorkelling.               Three Foldscopes with different…

Metachrony in zooplanktons – high speed video

Synchrony is the way of life; from rythems in the heart to carcadian cycles that wakes us up everyday. Sometimes synchrony is programmed and sometimes it arises by just how physical forces couple together. Beautiful example of synchrony arises from metachronal waves in arrays of beating cilia.  I was kayaking in Tamales Bay and took…