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Cold prompts ‘power stroke’ in tiny swimmers

Colorful copepod

“Copepods are key components of marine food webs eaten by just about everything,” says Ed Buskey, professor of marine science at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute.

Water viscosity, or “thickness,” naturally increases as the temperature drops. For microscopic copepods, it becomes like swimming through honey. But does it make them more vulnerable to predators? How does a copepod cope?

Full story at Futurity.

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