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Beach invasion - Otter Rock, Oregon - Plastic is as ubiquitous as sand. This was from about a year before the Japanese Tsunami. It's the normal everyday state of the ocean not the aftermath of a catastrophe | Photo by Jason Karn on Flickr | Permission: CC BY-ND 2.0 creativecommons.org/
A mere handful of seafloor mud may contain as many species as are found in a square meter of tropical rainforest. The fantastic assemblage seen above was gathered from a single scoop of mud, about 2 inches deep and 5 inches across.