In the sixth grade, we had weekly assignments that were supposed to be a mixture of arts and crafts and scholarly study. Two of my good friends elevated this to an art form via the use of puffy paint and meticulous construction paper cutouts. As a 12 year old who usually just ended up with the letter J glued to my forehead at 1 am, I couldn’t compete. So when my friend Colleen Durkin posted this wonderful handmade stop-motion movie about her research, I got really excited, a little nostalgic and then maybe twitched a little. Hand cutout phytoplankton, zooplankton and maybe a couple of fecal pellets make this just a lovely illustration of an important biological process in the ocean. Enjoy.