Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Translucent Creatures

A pelagic, or open-ocean, octopus gives off a neon glow in Hawaii. Most
species of octopus have no internal skeleton, unlike other cephalopods.

A photographer's strobe gives a violet sheen to this translucent
juvenile roundbelly cowfish off the coast of Kona, Hawaii. Also known
as the transparent boxfish, the roundbelly cowfish has two short horns
in front of its eyes.

A hydromedusa spreads its luminescent tentacles in the Weddell Sea near Antarctica.

A nearly translucent squid glows in reds and purples. There are nearly 300 different species of squid, found in oceans worldwide

A copepod, a type of zooplankton, drifts in the Weddell Sea near
Antarctica. Copepods are microscopic relatives of shrimp and lobsters.

Lacking any other defense, many larval fish have adapted transparency
as a method of camouflage—such as this tiny, see-through larval leaf
scorpionfish in Hawaii.

An opalescent squid uses its giant eyes to navigate the nighttime waters around Papua New Guinea.

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