What Does Plankton Eat?

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Plankton feed on other plankton in the marine world and on plant materials but can also make their food through photosynthesis. They can also feed on bacteria and other non-living matter especially the smallest plankton.
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Striped anchovies are found in the western Atlantic and the northern Gulf of Mexico. These fish average less than 4 inches in length and primarily feed on insects and zooplankton.
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Krill and shrimplike animals eat plankton in the ocean.
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Everything that swims in the sea and is bigger than plankton eats it. Some whales live
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Most plankton can make their own food like plants through photosynthesis. The smallest plankton eat bacteria & detritus (non living organic matter).
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Planktons eat organic wastes in water, other planktons, bacteria, and detritus. They live in salty and fresh water and can be divided in 3 groups that are phytoplankton, zooplankton, and bacterioplankton. They are a source of food to animals such whales and jelly fish.
Phytoplanktons, also known as planktons are the key components of marine ecosystems that form the base of most marine food webs. The phytoplanktons are eaten by creatures like copepods they are also eaten by sea stars, shrimp, snails and whales.
Plankton generally feed through the process of photosynthesis where they use chlorophyll and sunlight to manufacture food. Small plankton may feed on bacteria while larger plankton are predators that feed on other plankton. Predator plankton are referred to as zooplankton.
Plankton have chlorophyll in them which actually allows them to to go through photosynthesis. This allows them to combine sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water and use that as energy. You can find more information here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/bitesize/standard/other/sos/biology/biospheres/answerbiosphere_6.shtml
Plankton do not eat anything. Plankton are a type of sea plant and like most plants do not actually consume food. They need water, sun and oxygen.
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