Is there a party I wasn’t invited to and why haven’t I heard of the crazy long tail dresscode??
This little guy is a real trouble-maker. It is a predator water flea called fishhook waterflea and it likes to eat other smaller animal plankton (zooplankton).
This is the kind of animal that could get any party started, but you would probably have to call the police to get it out… You see, it likes to hang out with its friends in the water, well, more like entangle with each other’s tails. Each waterflea is just 1 cm small but when they gang up on you in hundreds you can imagine the big slimy ball with hooks you need to push it out through the door before they trash your place. This is when you wish you had told your parents you where having a party so they could help you out.
They crash other people’s parties as well. If you try to run a nuclear plant or just want to catch some fish for dinner, the fishhook waterflea are there again, clumping together just to give you problems. They can get stuck in water cooling inlets to factories or hang on to fishing nets without caring at all. Those nasty up-to-no-good kids!
Oh, but what about the herring then? Any party hats?
Well, as it turns out, they also like to eat zooplankton! Let’s say they are having a party with a zooplankton cake they made. In comes the fishhook waterflea (because it used to only exist in some lakes far away from the herrings, but hitch-hiked with ships to other seas, without paying of course…) and eats almost all of the cake in front of the herrings! Such an utterly rude and upsetting behaviour at a nice get-together! And the herrings are so many and so hungry. Look at all those sad eyes. They don’t even have any party hats to save the party. Mainly because hats are difficult to put on if you don’t have any hands.
Next: Everyone’s favourite food, the cuter kinds of zooplankton!