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Delicate, bioluminescent sea creatures light up the Japanese seas

Watasenia scintillans, known commonly as the Sparkling Enope squid, or Firefly squid. Each tentacle has a photophore (a light-emitting organ) which flashes to attract prey. They light up their whole bodies to attract mates.

Embryo of the dwarf cuttlefish, Sepia bandensis

Color “ Microphotography as Art Confocal image (extended focus Z stack) Embryo of the dwarf cuttlefish Sepia bandensis Stained with phalloidin (F-actin; green), DAPI (nuclei, blue), and anti.

Crinoid closed. © Alexander Semenov

"Crinoid" The wonderful and dreamlike underwater world. Photographer and scientific diver Alexander Semenov takes beautiful underwater images

The ornate ghost pipefish or harlequin ghost pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) is a pipefish of the family Solenostomidae. The species name comes from the greek paradoxos, referring to this fish's unusual external features. Ornate ghost pipefish are found in the Western Pacific and the Indian ocean along reef edges prone to strong currents. They reach a maximum length of 12 cm

The ornate ghost or harlequin ghost pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus)

Nudibranch ( Hypselodoris apolegma )(Risbecia apolegma) by Eva

Nudibranch ( Hypselodoris apolegma )(Risbecia apolegma) "say that three times fast"

The Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse, also known as the Carpenter's Wrasse, or Redfin Flasher Wrasse, is orange with blue vertical stripes as a juvenile. As the fish matures and becomes an adult, the coloration becomes yellow with a series of broken blue horizontal stripes.

Attenuatus Flasher Wrasse (Parachellinus attenuatus) “ The species in the genus Paracheilinus are appropriately called Flasher Wrasses, derived from their grandeur “flashing” behavior.

OCEAN DEFENDER - Hawaii · · · Porpita porpita — the blue button jelly — is a neustonic species mostly found in the tropics; that is, it floats right near the surface of the water. The circular disc is made of chitin and filled with gas, allowing these jellies to float. The tentacles (zooids) radiating from the disc do all the feeding.

the blue button jelly - is a species mostly found in the tropics; it floats near the surface of the water. The circular disc is made of chitin and filled with gas, allowing these jellies to float. The tentacles radiating from the disc do all the feeding.


Jellyfish are strange animals, beautiful and fascinating! Russian photographer Alexander Semenov, specialized in underwater photography offers us a selection of

The Firefly Squid Beach  Firefly squids live in Toyama Bay, Japan and illuminate a blue glow produced by moonlight that has been captured in their outer membranes

The Firefly Squid Beach

The firefly squid (Watasenia scintillans) (also known as sparkling enope squid) is a small member of the squid family, growing to a length of only It is found at depths of in the Western Pacific ocean.

Dondice banyulensis -- Nudibranch

Dondice banyulensis Nudibranch by Rai Fernandez. sometimes known as Godiva banyulensis, is a species of colorful sea slug, an aolid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusk

A ctenophore, a small jelly like marine animal covered with thousands of tiny cilia which beat in unison to propel the animal through the water. The common name of these animals is comb jellies. Ctenophores are, according to some evolutionary biologists, ancient animals that are related to all other animals.

Luminous creatures: Glowing deep sea creatures photographed by Joshua Lambus - Telegraph! I just learned this in my oceanography course!

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