These newly hatched arrow squid larvae (Doryteuthis plei) are each tinier than the head a pin. Free from their yolk sac, they will drift with the current out to sea as zooplankton. Many animals eat zooplankton, so few will survive to adulthood and to reproduce themselves.  They may eventually grow to their adult size of around 20 to 30 cm.
(via: Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal)
photo by F.E. Clyde Roper

These newly hatched arrow squid larvae (Doryteuthis plei) are each tinier than the head a pin. Free from their yolk sac, they will drift with the current out to sea as zooplankton. Many animals eat zooplankton, so few will survive to adulthood and to reproduce themselves. They may eventually grow to their adult size of around 20 to 30 cm.

(via: Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal)

photo by F.E. Clyde Roper

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