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A Single Drop Of Seawater Contains All That?!

You might want to think twice before going out for a swim in the ocean.

Next time you hit the beach, make sure you keep your mouth closed when you take a dip in the ocean. It turns out seawater contains a lot more bacteria than we can possibly imagine.

The photo above, which was taken by National Geographic photographer David Litsschwager and magnified 25 times, shows the disturbing amount of living organisms and sea critters present in a single drop of seawater. Among them are bug-like copepods; long, glassy arrowworms; coiled filaments of cyanobacteria; rectangular algae called diatoms; fish eggs; and a big-eyed larval crab the size of a rice grain.

And that's just a single drop. Yikes!


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