zoo·​plank·​ton | \ ˌzō-ə-ˈplaŋ(k)-tən How to pronounce zooplankton (audio) , -ˌtän\

Definition of zooplankton

: plankton composed of animals

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zooplanktonic \ ˌzō-​ə-​ˌplaŋ(k)-​ˈtä-​nik How to pronounce zooplanktonic (audio) \ adjective

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Some researchers suspect, as Earther’s Funes reports, that this kind of zooplankton is often associated with toxic algae blooms. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Decades After DDT Was Banned, It Still Impacts Canadian Lakes," 15 June 2019 Both seals and whales eat fish and other creatures that get their energy from tiny creatures called zooplankton, which in turn eat the algae on sea ice. National Geographic, "The surprising reason polar bears need sea ice to survive," 1 Apr. 2019 But if these morsels are missing, jellyfish can eat tiny zooplankton — or even just feed on ooze. Carl Zimmer, The Seattle Times, "In the sea, a big appetite for jellyfish," 26 Oct. 2018 Coral feed on small organisms like zooplankton and algae and need stable conditions. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "This 'Secret Garden' of Coral May Be 1,000 Years Old," 15 May 2018 This suggests that the group was feeding on zooplankton rather than mating, according to Leah Crowe, a field biologist at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Service, and the study’s lead author. Fox News, "Hundreds of 30-foot sharks swimming in massive swarms baffle scientists," 17 Apr. 2018 The analysis suggests the zooplankton was high in the days following the shark grouping, which had an abundance of juveniles. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Massive Gathering of Mysterious Basking Sharks Found in Aerial Photos," 13 Apr. 2018 Take, for example, the misadventures of a zooplankton called a copepod. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Robot Microscopes Demystify Plankton, the Sea's Most Vital Residents," 22 Mar. 2018 Elsewhere Winderen draws exclusively on sources from nature, such as the hydrophone recordings that constitute her 2016 piece The Wanderer, a 31-minute investigation of zooplankton and phytoplankton. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Norwegian artist Jana Winderen finds music hidden within natural sounds," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of zooplankton

1897, in the meaning defined above

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