Diagram of a manta net. Seawater enters the mouth and is filtered through a fine, mesh plankton net. Each tow is 15 minutes long, and filters a surface area equivalent to an Olympic-sized swimming pool, concentrating debris and critters at the “cod end” of the net.

Diagram of a manta net. Seawater enters the mouth and is filtered through a fine, mesh plankton net. Each tow is 15 minutes long, and filters a surface area equivalent to an Olympic-sized swimming pool, concentrating debris and critters at the “cod end” of the net. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.

 

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