Sunday, January 25, 2009
Everything You Want to Know about Copepods!
Professor Latto mentioned copepods being a reason for the re-emergence of Cholera. He said that the Cholera bacteria can remain dormant within copepods until conditions are suitable for the bacteria to re-emerge. I thought this was very interesting but I had no idea what a copepod was so I decided to show some videos on what it looks like as well as its behavioral actions.
Copepods are small crustaceans found in almost every freshwater habitat. They are extremely important to the global ecology of the ocean as they are prey for many sea animals. They are typically 1 to 2 millimeters with a tear-dropped shaped body and a large antennae. They have one single eye, and some may even be eyeless. Many of these copepods can be filtered out of water with a simply using a cloth filter.
If you want to see real videos of these interesting creatures, check out this link: