September 24, 2009

Translucent Creatures

The flower-shaped larva of a scyphomedusa jelly drifts in Antarctica's Weddell Sea.

Flounder in their larval stage, such as this one in Hawaii, resemble ghostly undersize replicas of adults.

A transparent larval shrimp piggybacks on an equally see-through jellyfish in the waters around Hawaii.

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.

Tiny marine snails known as sea butterflies take many forms, including heart-shaped, such as this species in Antarctica's Weddell Sea

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

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

Photograph by Ingo Arndt/Minden Pictures
Photograph by Chris Newbert/Minden Pictures
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