Aquatic Ethereal Beauty

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Juvenile Cowfish

Photograph by Chris Newbert, Minden Pictures

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.

Stunned by the beauty of these photographs of translucent undersea creatures by National Geographic, I would like to share a few of my favorites.

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Pelagic Octopus

Photograph by Chris Newbert, Minden Pictures

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


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Jellyfish, Antarctica

Photograph by Ingo Arndt, Minden Pictures

A tiny jellyfish, with tentacles folded and its orange central mass visible through its transparent body, drifts in the waters of Antarctica’s Weddell Sea.

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Sea Butterfly Snail

Photograph by Ingo Arndt, Minden Pictures

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

The juvenile cowfish reminds me of “Blinky” from Cisco’s Human Network commercial, a wonderful demonstration of teaching and learning through wonderment and curiosity – a spark that each of us should nurture, regardless of age.

Comments

  1. #1 Kevin R
    March 9, 2011

    they are amazing, both as photographic artwork and as windows on a world we rarely see.

  2. #2 Puseaus O
    March 10, 2011

    Oh My Myers!

  3. #3 sneakers
    March 11, 2011

    It’s amazing and nature really wonderful.

  4. #4 Wayne Williamson
    March 14, 2011

    Cool pics…thanks….