diatom

iDiatoms have lacy cases

Of material silicaceous,

Perforated lids and bases

Made to fit like Petri dishes.

Nursed on Nature’s hydroponic

They’re prolific and nutritious

Making bouillabase planktonic

For the sustenance of fishes.

- Ralph Lewin

Taken from ‘The Fertile Sea’, by A.P. Orr and S.M. Marshall (1969)

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During Two Bays 2012 we made a small study of phytoplankton off the Western shoreline of Port Phillip Bay, concentrating our work to the area near the outfall for Melbourne Water's Werribee plant. We were fortunate to have Steve Brett on board, who not only knew all about phytoplankton but used a large microscope that had a projection screen. This meant that everyone on Pelican could get a glimpse of the most important part of the food chain.

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