Small crustaceans in the Atlantic ocean, along with eggs, larvae and protozoans are an example of plankton.
Origin of plankton
- German from Greek neuter of planktos wandering from plazein to turn aside plāk-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From German Plankton, coined by Viktor Hensen and derived from Ancient Greek Ï€Î»Î±Î³ÎºÏ„ÏŒÏ‚ (planktos, “drifter").