How much life can you find around you? Apparently quite a lot if the 15,672 pictures submitted for the Biodiversity assignment are any indication. I started looking at the images while I was working on a biological survey of Tetiaroa Atoll in French Polynesia, then looked at the next group of images while in Bermuda, where we were starting a survey of Nonsuch Island.
I saw everything
from elephants—mammals that are considerably bigger than we are—to an
amphipod, a tiny arthropod scarcely bigger than the period at the end of
this sentence. Creatures of the air like birds, butterflies, and moths
were also in great abundance, as were creatures of the sea, from urchins, sharks,
and sponges to tunicates, coral, jellyfish, and nudibranchs.
I applaud those of you that
have attempted to show a community of creatures, including several species in
one picture. I know from years of experience that this is a lot easier to
say than it is to do. Nature loves to hide, and so I find that as soon as you
have three or four different things in the picture and the edges of things
start to overlap, it can get hard to see individuals.