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The freaking cool world of transparent ocean creatures

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by DavidBrown, 20 Aug 2014.

  1. DavidBrown

    DavidBrown Well-Known Member

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    This article from the NY Times introduces us to the amazing world of how animals in the open ocean become transparent in order to hide in plain sight.

    The strategies employed include using mirrors, light shows, and transparent guts. Transparent creatures near the oceans surface run the risk of getting their innards sunburned so they produce internal sunscreen for their organs, which in turn makes them more visible to predators.

    It's a freaking cool world.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/19/s...n&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=0#