But since “goopity” is more descriptive than scientific, we shift analytical gears and get the “straight scoop on the goop” from Mr. T. McCracken:
The photos are of seafoam, a naturally produced and important substance in our oceans. Sea foam is composed mostly of diatoms. Diatoms are plants. Plants need sunlight. Plants in the ocean need to be at the surface to get sunlight. Diatoms are at the surface because they’re like microscopic glass floats.
It takes 100,000 pounds of diatoms to put a pound of meat on you. If you eat ten pounds of salmon, you will gain one pound. That ten pounds of salmon had to eat 100 pounds of mackerel. That 100 pounds mackerel had to eat 1,000 pounds of smelt. That 1,000 pounds of smelt had to eat 10,000 pounds of zooplankton. That 10,000 pounds of zooplankton had to eat 100,000 pounds of phytoplankton, a.k.a. sea foam.
Naturalist and humble Cartoonist