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Relative size of viruses and bacteria
Higher Trophic Levels
Figure Adapted from Sawstrom, Viral Dynamics in the Microbial Loop
The estimated 1030 viruses in the ocean, if stretched end to end, would span farther than the nearest 60 galaxies.
Products of cell lysis:
Photo from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)