When I was a kid, I used to watch the Magic School Bus show and in one episode I became aware of rather special lifeforms. A large percentage of life in the ocean consists of plankton, which are microscopic organisms that serve an integral part of the marine food chain. Phytoplankton are small plant life that produce between 50 to 85 percent of the oxygen in the atmosphere. Zooplankton are tiny creatures that feed on the phytoplankton and then eaten by larger animals like anchovies, basking sharks, and whales. As I write my Kaiju story, I came across an interesting idea that involves mutated phytoplankton and zooplankton. If phytoplankton mutates, would it produce something other than oxygen? If zooplankton mutates, would they eat larger prey than phytoplankton? These will be questions I will be exploring in my Kaiju story.


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