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These Tiny Creatures Can Swirl the Ocean

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  • Based on lab studies involving brine shrimp, researchers at Stanford University hypothesize large groups of tiny zooplankton may be useful to churn and mix ocean water in a way that sends vital nutrients closer to the surface
  • The churning of deeper ocean waters toward the surface could benefit a wide variety of marine life, such as phytoplankton, which live on or near the surface
  • Now that the downward jets have been observed in the lab, the next step would be to attempt to recreate the results in the ocean using krill or other zooplankton and shipboard measurements
  • With about 500 million tons of it available, krill makes up the largest biomass in the world; it is not only sustainable, but also a superior choice for omega-3 supplementation
  • Krill oil outpaces fish oil due to being more bioavailable, contaminant-free, potent and stable; if you are still taking fish oil, you may want to switch

By Dr. Mercola

While most of us give it little consideration, researchers are modeling ocean circulation in labs to figure out potential ways to improve the health of the Earth's largest bodies of water. Now, it turns out oceanographers may be able to harness the energy of zooplankton — some of the tiniest ocean creatures — to potentially influence nutrient flows, ocean chemistry and maybe even the climate.


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