Plankton Safari


Using special optical systems allowed us to observe free-swimming copepods feeding on suspended algae. We made these observations with video at 30 frames per second. Frame by frame analyses and image processing rendered two figures: an animated GIF file, and a graph of the paths of suspended particles as seen from the animal’s point of view.

Jiang et al. 2002. The flow field around a freely swimming copepod in steady motion. Part II: numerical simulation. J.Plankton Res. 24: 191-213.