Friday, 23 October 2015
Friday at the Flicks - Life in a Clump of Algae
When I went to clean out the bird bath I noticed three green mounds in the water.
This was the largest at about 20mm (3/4 inch) across:
I decided it was time to have another microscope session to see what, if any, life forms were living in it. To that end I transferred the largest splodge to a plastic dish:
I had hoped to see a few bits of microscopic life but was blown away by their sheer numbers in such a small place as you will see later in the video:
A screen grab from the video. Each life form is less than a tenth of a mm in size.
I think the star shaped objects are Staurastrum:
Another screen grab of a larger life form, about 10mm long and 1mm thick, possibly a midge larva. All the tiny pale specks are the things shown in the first screen grab:
On to the video:
Have a great weekend observing the wildlife around you, whatever its size.