Sea angels (Clione limacina) – one of the images in Richard Kirby‘s new book Ocean Drifters: A Secret World Beneath the Waves featuring high-magnification photographs of plankton, the microscopic marvels that inhabit the sea around the British isles. They underpin the whole marine food chain, provide the world with oxygen, and play an essential role in the global carbon cycle.
A 30x magnification of a Moon jellyfish.
150x magnification of the larvae of spionid polychaete.
10x magnification of the tiny jellyfish Velella velella.
All images © Dr Richard Kirby / BNPS.