Watch this 3D animation of Dylan, a centric diatom in the Arctic Ocean. A floating plant at the bottom of the food chain, Dylan's hunted by copepods, terrorized by the elements, plagued by a warming Arctic, but triumphs in this slice of life.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, "The Important Little Life of Dylan Diatom" is designed for middle school students to witness the role of phytoplankton in the Arctic and the effects of warming.