posted on Sep, 8 2012 @ 07:27 AM
Guys! Here are some of the most captivating transparent animals, from jellyfish to frogs to butterflies! Nature sure is fascinating!
Transparent Head Fish
Native to Venezuela, the Glass Frogs belong to the amphibian family Centrolenidae (order Anura). While the general background coloration of
most glass frogs is primarily lime green, the abdominal skin of some members of this family is transparent, so that the heart, liver, and digestive
tract are visible through their translucent skin. (Photo by Heidi and Hans-Jurgen Koch)
This bizarre deep-water fish called the Barreleye (Macropinna microstoma) has a transparent head and tubular eyes. It has extremely
light-sensitive eyes that can rotate within his transparent, fluid-filled shield on its head, while the fish's tubular eyes, well inside the head, are
capped by bright green lenses.
Found in Central America, from Mexico to Panama, the Glasswing Butterfly (Greta Oto) is a brush-footed butterfly where its wings are
transparent. The tissue between the veins of its wings looks like glass. (Photo by Hemmy)
Transparent Zebrafish created by scientists
Found on the southern hemisphere's oceans, the Glass Squid (Teuthowenia pellucida) has light organs on its eyes and possesses the ability to
roll into a ball, like an aquatic hedgehog. It is prey of many deep-sea fish (eg goblin sharks) as well as whales and oceanic seabirds. (Photo by
This see-through zebrafish was created in 2008 by scientists so they can study disease processes, including the spread of cancer. The
transparent fish are allowing researchers at Children's Hospital Boston to directly view fish's internal organs and observe processes such as tumor
growth in real-time in living organisms. (Photo by LS)
Transparent Larval Shrimp
Called Phronima, this unusual animal is one of the many strange species recently found on an expedition to a deep-sea mountain range in the
North Atlantic. In an ironic strategy for survival, this tiny shrimplike creature shows everything it has, inside and out, in an attempt to
Found in the in the waters around Hawaii, this transparent larval shrimp piggybacks on an equally see-through jellyfish. (Photo by Chris
Jellyfish are free-swimming members of the phylum Cnidaria. They are found in every ocean, from the surface to the deep sea. Many jellies are
so transparent that they are almost impossible to see. The one above is from the Arctapodema genus, with a size of an inch-long (2.5-centimeter-long).
(Photo by Bill Curtsinger)
Here's more of those fascinating creatures...
Ours is a beautiful world with great biological diversity, but a world that is gradually being destroyed through exploitation. Pollution of our air,
rivers, oceans, even soils goes on almost without constraint. Our industries continue to dump poisons at their convenience, most fish in the sea are
already too impregnated with mercury for safe human consumption, safe water supplies are diminishing, and the air we breathe in almost every city is
We need to drastically change our course starting now! We have a responsibility to preserve it and prevent the destruction of our beautiful planet,
our home in the universe.
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