SLIDESHOW: Photos Celebrate Beauty and Importance of Ocean Microbes

Jan 7, 2015

Marine microbes support the entire ocean food chain, provide the oxygen we breathe, and may even help soften the blow of climate change. They're also gorgeous.

The exhibit “Tiny Giants: Marine microbes revealed on a grand scale” is a collection of photographs that highlight the surprising beauty of some of the ocean's smallest inhabitants. The photos were taken by scientists at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science in East Boothbay, Maine.