The ocean is alive! At the biology station on board, students collect a sample of plankton and record environmental data. Although they won't be able to see these tiny creatures until back in the classroom under a microsope, students come to understand why plankton is the most important link in the oceanic food chain. Here, they begin to make the connection between ocean water quality and the importance of sustaining intricate food webs. This is one of the collected samples from our very own Monterey Bay. Go plankton!