I collected a new sample of canal water today! Unfortunately, the microorganisms in the sample aren’t very diverse. It’s mostly Cladophora algae and extremely tiny diatoms, neither of which make for very good photography subjects.
Fortunately I came across this beautiful Spirogyra algae with a “beads on a string” formation of chloroplasts that reminds me of chromatin.
I’m going to keep my sample and see if the population dynamics change. Often time, species that were originally common will die out while other ones will bloom rapidly and take over your sample. This can all happen in just a matter of a few days.
Taken by Merismo