You cannot unsee or ignore this.
We all love swimming in the ocean and sometimes accidentally swallowed some seawater, but it is not just a mouthful of water and salt.
Photographer David Littschwager captured the actual contents of the ocean’s water by magnifying the “contents of one dip of a hand net” 25 times — and apparently, there is a lot more than just seawater.
In an interview with JellyWatch, as quoted by Colossal, Littschwager explained the concentrated sample, which he captured off of Kona, Hawaii, is made up of just a few drops of water:
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The magnification was 2x life size, meaning that the actual frame size was a half inch high, so depending on how big the image is on your screen you can calculate the magnification as you see it. To keep as much focus as possible the sample is in as little water as possible just covering the bottom of a 60mm petri dish. That takes about 15 drops of water, but you are only seeing a very small portion of the total sample.
According to Dive-Shield, which broke down the photograph’s contents, water you swallow contains: marine worms; cyanobacteria, which help to produce oxygen; crab larvae; copepods, a shrimp-like crustacean that many fish eat; fish eggs; and chaetognaths, a predatory form of plankton that, in some cases, can inject paralytic venom.