Plankzooka, on the left there, is two big tubes strapped on either side of the autonomous undersea rover Sentry.

Plankzooka, on the left there, is two big tubes strapped on either side of the autonomous undersea rover Sentry.

We certainly admired the news Friday coming out of a marine science cruise that hasn’t even ended: They found a shipwreck a mile down while also pioneering a new device for gently and precisely sampling plankton at those crushing and dark depths.

But we couldn’t help but notice the “plankzooka’s” uncanny resemblance to a familiar cartoon character. ┬áHere’s an example of some of the juvenile plankton it collected around a methane seep on the sea floor.

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A sampling of juvenile plankton from the deep sea.