Welcome to zooplankton.nl! The goal of zooplankton.nl is to show everyone how beautiful, bizarre and special zooplankton is. This site is created and operated by Dr. Lodewijk van Walraven, marine biologist.
Below and on the diversity page is an overview of different groups that you can encounter in the plankton, with background information and photo and film images of each group. I also explain different aspects of zooplankton research, and how you can get started yourself. Enjoy watching!
Check out my new website plankton.photography, filled with many more images of the bizarre and beautiful creatures you can find in the plankton!
What is zooplankton?
Plankton is a collective term for all aquatic organisms that live in the water (not on the bottom) and cannot swim against the flow of water, as, for example, fish can.
Zooplankton or animal plankton eat other organisms and can not themselves use sunlight to get energy like plants and algae can. From the birdbath in your garden to the deepest point of the ocean, you will find zooplankton everywhere!