The significance of this is that other species such as shellfish and crustaceans feeding in plankton could be affected.
The expedition also found rings of plankton organisms that measured 10 km wide.
Whales eat big fish, which eat medium fish, which eat small fish, which eat smaller fish, which eat plankton .
The plankton that permeates these waters attracts vast swarms of anchovies, which in turn draw millions of seabirds.
However, the seaweeds or the algae and in particularly the microscopic plankton can fix a lot more carbon than a forest can.
Each oyster feeds naturally on plankton brought in on the tide until the time comes for them to be lifted, washed and packed.
The eggs and young, which hatch in around two weeks, drift in the Oceans currents feeding upon plankton for the first few months of their life.
The young remain in the water column feeding on plankton until they are around 50 mm in length.
Microscopic plankton trapped in the finely tipped gills are pulled slowly into waiting mouths.
In the newly exposed waters and throughout the North Atlantic Ocean, plankton growth is prodigious.