Saturday, March 12, 2011

7 Amazing Transparent Animals – Wonders of Nature

Nature is fascinating and often weird, it surprises us when we least expect. Some creatures use the camouflage techniques as a hunting and defense mechanism, others show everything they have – like transparent animals. Despite of what we are inclined to think, transparent and translucent animals live also on the ground, not only in the abyss of the ocean and we have visual proof of it. Nothing is photo shopped!

1. Transparent Frog

2. Transparent Cave Crayfish

3. Transparent Sea Cucumber

Slow moving, soft bodied
bottom dwellers for the most
part, Sea Cucumbers are an
ancient lineage of sea creatures
who have evolved a variety of
ways to survive and thrive over
hundreds of millions of years of evolution. For some Sea
Cucumbers, being transparent
allows them to fly under the
radar, as it were, of predators in search of a quick & easy kill.

4. Transparent Icefish

Fund in the cold waters around
Antarctica and southern South
America, the crocodile icefish
(Channichthyidae) feed on krill,
copepods, and other fish. Their
blood is transparent because
they have no hemoglobin and/
or only defunct erythrocytes.
Their metabolism relies only on
the oxygen dissolved in the
liquid blood, which is believed
to be absorbed directly through the skin from the water. This works because water can dissolve the most oxygen when it is coldest.

5. Transparent Amphipod

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 disappear.

6. Transparent Squid

7. Transparent Siphonophores

Siphonophores belong to the
Cnidaria, a group of animals that includes the corals, hydroids, and true jellyfish. Marrus orthocanna, a deep sea
siphonophore. The combined
digestive and circulatory system is red; all other parts are transparent.

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