Forests of the Sea: Plankton


Ocean Drifters from Plymouth University.

“Ocean Drifters, a secret world beneath the waves” is a short film about plankton written, produced and directed by Dr Richard Kirby (Marine Institute Research Fellow, Plymouth University) with a narration by Sir David Attenborough and music by Richard Grassby-Lewis.

Drawing upon Richard Kirby’s plankton imagery, Ocean Drifters reveals how the plankton have shaped life on Earth and continue to influence our lives in ways that most of us never imagine.

Further information about the plankton can be found at the Ocean Drifters website (oceandrifters.org) and in the popular book about plankton also titled “Ocean Drifters, a secret world beneath the waves”.

The making of Ocean Drifters was supported by Carl Zeiss Ltd and the UK Natural Environment Research Council

Watch in HD and fullscreen for the best experience.

One thought on “Forests of the Sea: Plankton

  1. Amazing how something so seemingly insignificant such as plankton can have massive ramifications on food webs, the atmosphere and life on Earth. And Attenborough’s narration remains as captivating now as it did 30 years ago when I was a child dreaming of the oceans. Thanks for sharing!