Fauna: The Amazing, Freaky World of Plankton

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A short film by marine biologist Tierney Thys dramatizes "the secret life of plankton" with jaw-dropping footage of the ocean's weirdest microscopic organisms. Distributed by TEDEducation, the film seeks to "ignite wonder and curiosity about this hidden world that underpins our own food chain." A fish narrates, describing the wondrous creatures that share his world -- from comb jellies, with their rainbow-glowing raver cilia, to the crustacean Phronima, which inspired the look of the creatures in the film Aliens. For more spectacular footage and still photos of plankton, see the Plankton Chronicles website.

The film was directed by Sharif Mirshak and Noé Sardet of Parafilms. Watch more animal videos from our Friday Fauna series here.

For more videos from TEDEducation, visit the YouTube channel

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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