Calcareous phytoplankton? J Rudy Lewis Loves It, in Part, Because It Has an Exoskeleton.

Calcareous phytoplankton, SEMThis thing is a type of phytoplankton, specifically a Calcareous phytoplankton. It is classified as a “calcifying organism,” which means that it needs calcium to develop its exoskeleton–its bones are on the outside.

This is probably obvious, but exoskeletons, to me, are cool: Crunchy on the outside with a gooey center. That makes sense to me.

It also made me think of this:

The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly


Once I loved a spider
When I was born a fly,
A velvet-footed spider
With a gown of rainbow-dye.
She ate my wings and gloated.
She bound me with a hair.
She drove me to her parlor
Above her winding stair.
To educate young spiders
She took me all apart.
My ghost came back to haunt her.
I saw her eat my heart.