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This Extreme Close-Up of a Single Droplet of Sea Water May Surprise You

close-up seawater

We all know that looking into a microscope reveals a whole world of tiny, miniscule organisms that are invisible to the naked eye. Photographer David Littschwager does exactly that with a single droplet of sea water, and what you will see is guaranteed to creep or gross you out. It’s no secret that microorganisms are all around us, but give this particular image some pause because we in the course of a typical visit to the beach ingest a drop or two of seawater accidentally.

The ocean is always a very enticing place to frolic in and almost always tops any list for a favorite travel destination. Once you have had fun on the shore and enjoyed a good surf break, chances are that you probably got a drop or two in your mouth. Remember that distinctive, salty taste? Yup, that’s clear evidence you’ve consumed your own fair share of the vast ocean. With Littschwager’s image, now you can crawl out of your skin knowing in graphic detail what is exactly in that ‘salty’ ocean cocktail.

Copepod

Copepod

Magnified at 25 times which really is not that much in terms of a microscope’s capability,  Littschwager revealed an amazing, (or is that disgusting?) evidence of diatoms, bacteria, crab larva, fish eggs, zooplankton and even some delectable worms. Eewww!

Flying Fish

Flying Fish

Imagine! You have probably, or we have all probably swum in this rich, disgusting microscopic sea life too many times to remember. It does not matter if those instances were in gray ocean waters or perfectly clear shores.

Blue Button, Porpita porpita

Blue Button, Porpita porpita

Apparently, busy as that solitary drop may look, it obviously is harmless or else we would have a sea (pardon the pun) of sick people every time anyone had fun at the beach. This gives a whole new dimension to Bay Watch the next time you see re-runs of that successful series. Gorgeous bodies cavorting  in the beach with all those bacteria, crab larva, diatoms, worms, fish eggs, and a whole horde of other creepy creatures!

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Patricia Ramos the author

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.

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