New Book Sheds Light on the Magic Of Plankton


Planktonium is a new book by award-winning photographer and filmmaker Jan van Ijken that sheds light on the magical microscopic world of plankton.

The new book features a ton of never-before-seen photos that expose the sheer variety, wonder, and beauty of these organisms that inhabit all the waters around us.

Accompanying the book, van Ijken also made the short film Planktonium. The highly acclaimed film showcased stunning visual imagery while highlighting plankton’s crucial role in life on earth and how these building blocks of life are threatened by global warming, ocean acidification, and climate change.

Due to its success, the Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden, the Netherlands now owns the film.

‘Planktonium’ book by Jan van Ijken

‘Planktonium’ book by Jan van Ijken

‘Planktonium’ book by Jan van Ijken

Sam Helmy

Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for


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