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It’s a biologist’s dream — a rock band that’s named after plankton and makes conservation cool.


Navicula means small ship in Latin. It is the name shared by an estimated 10,000 species of microscopic algae that are part of the larger group called diatoms that forms the basis of freshwater and marine food chains.

These tiny plankton produce about a quarter of all the oxygen we breathe. They feed the tiny creatures that feed the little fish that feed the bigger fish we eat. They are critical to our lives but rarely get a mention.

So it was good to learn this week that the name Navicula also belongs to a psychedelic rock and grunge group from Bali, Indonesia, and that the band is more environmentally aware than most.

Read the rest of this post at Under the Banyan

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