While moving, seawater enters the nose of the CPR and is filtered through a slowly advancing strip of silk mesh that captures plankton. Once the plankton-impregnated silk mesh strips are taken off the ship, they are sent to the laboratory to identify and count the plankton. The silk mesh is removed from the CPR cartridge in this image; the many dots visible in the mesh are zooplankton captured during a CPR tow.

While moving, seawater enters the nose of the CPR and is filtered through a slowly advancing strip of silk mesh that captures plankton. Once the plankton-impregnated silk mesh strips are taken off the ship, they are sent to the laboratory to identify and count the plankton. The silk mesh is removed from the CPR cartridge in this image; the many dots visible in the mesh are zooplankton captured during a CPR tow. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.

 

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