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Return of the Plankton

Return of the Plankton DVD cover
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Seasons change, even underwater. Join a marine biologist to explore the rise and fall of some of the microscopic biomass and its place in the larger food web. From ratfish to dogfish, from seastar to seaspider, see who eats whom, when, and how. Whether you're just curious, a serious student of our marine environment, or a looking for a way to entertain a room full of people, Return of the Plankton will take you on an exciting video journey underwater in Puget Sound.

Divided into 4 seasons, this half-hour movie is suitable for all ages. It has been used in classrooms from grades 3 through college.  Supplementary study aids are also included for classroom use.

 

John Williams filming underwater

photo by Brett Fish

Return of the Plankton by Still Hope Productions was produced by Cameron Snow, filmed and edited by John F. Williams, with science advisor Bruce Claiborne.

"As its narrative gently unfolds, Return of the Plankton reveals to us that the sea itself has its seasons and undergoes changes as remarkable and beautiful as those more familiar to those of us who live on land. The delicacy of its images will inspire wonder in viewers of any age and calls on all of us to protect this usually hidden world."

—Christopher Pavsek, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Film, School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University

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