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"Because it is the ocean's basic food, plankton is often called the pasture or grass of the sea. The word derives from the Greek planktos, meaning "wandering" or "drifting." The term plankton is a collective one used to describe all the one-celled drifting life of the oceans, as opposed to nekton, which consists of strong swimmers such as fish, crabs, and whales." (Excerpt from The Ocean Almanac, by Robert Hendrickson, Doubleday, 1984, pg. 1)

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