About the project

The Plankton Chronicles Project is a short documentary series combining art and science, revealing the beauty and diversity of organisms adrift in the currents.

The “Plankton Chronicles” project was created in the context of the Tara Oceans Expedition and the Institut de la Mer de  Villefranche sur Mer (IMEV). Christian Sardet, Emeritus Research Director with the CNRS at Villefranche-sur-Mer conceived the first episodes of the series with Véronique Kleiner and Catherine Balladur from CNRS Images (Meudon). All others were produced by Christian Sardet from IMEV / CNRS Côte-d’Azur with Noe Sardet and Sharif Mirshak (Parafilms, Montreal).

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The book


Through hundreds of photographs, Plankton transports readers into the currents, where jeweled chains hang next to phosphorescent chandeliers, spidery claws jut out from sinuous bodies, and gelatinous barrels protect microscopic hearts…

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The Plankton Chronicles series was created by Christian Sardet (CNRS), Sharif Mirshak and Noé Sardet (Parafilms) in the context of the Tara Oceans Expedition and the Marine Station of Villefranche sur Mer (CNRS / UPMC). The series has received financial support from CNRS (INSB / INEE),  IBISA, Sorbonne Université and the Ville de Nice.