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This is what you’re drinking if you swallow sea water

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Avoid the fish eggs

Photo: Dive Shield

These photos may look like a child’s drawings (or the wedding dress of a certain celebrity) but it’s actually seawater magnified 25 times. Captured by photographer David Liittschwager, it’s part of the contents of “one dip of the hand net.”

Photo: David Littschwager

So what’s in it? Plankton, worms, larvae, and fish eggs. Dive Shield has a handy breakdown of the various creatures, which will remind you to keep your mouth firmly closed next time you’re swimming in the ocean.