This time, check out these wild, strange and transparent animals while diving in the ocean.
1. Transparent Head Fish
While you might think this creature could never exist, it’s real! It definitely looks like something out of this world, and quite literally. Looking at its head, our first impression is that you can see the entire universe unfolding before your very eyes. Different colors and shapes fill the inside of its non-opaque head. It was first discovered near the coast of California, USA, an achievement often associated with Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
The 6-inch Macropinna Microstoma specimens found prior to 1939 were mostly captured dead.
2. Transparent Frog created by Japanese
Frogs are often misunderstood, causing disgust in a portion of the population. Some are indeed poisonous, and if you’ve had contempt for frogs in the past, you won’t be too happy about this new ‘evolutionary’ path they’ve taken.
Japanese scientists have developed a transparent frog!
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This allows them to closer study its internal organs and blood vessels. They say this could bring huge benefits to medicine, making it easier and cheaper to study diseases such as cancer.
3. Transparent Squid
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 a prey of many deep-sea fish (eg goblin sharks) as well as whales and oceanic seabirds.
4. Transparent Butterfly
See-through or Glasswing butterflies are known for being largely transparent with the exception of the borders of their wings. Edges of their wings are actually the only part of them visible, often colored in darker versions of brown, orange and red colors. Greta Oto has a wide span of about 5.6 to 6.1 cm (2.2 to 2.4 inches) while the body is mainly dark colored. The glassy wings work as a means of camouflage, helping the butterfly to better blend in the environment and as a result, avoid more effectively any potential predators.
5. Transparent Icefish
The crocodile icefish (Channichthyidae) are most commonly found in South America and parts of Antarctica. They absorb oxygen through the skin which happens more easily in such cold waters that can be found in this part of the world. Their low temperatures help dissolve the oxygen better, hence the name – Icefish. They feed on other fish and krill mostly. In five species, the gene for myoglobin in the muscles has also vanished, leaving them with white instead of pink hearts.
6. Transparent Zebrafish ( again created by Scientists)
Zebrafish are genetically similar to humans and are good models for human biology and disease. Through genetic engineering, scientists have created a zebrafish that is transparent its entire life, much like in the case of the transparent frog. The reasons are largely the same – scientists can now observe tumor metastasis and perform blood-marrow transplants and view the results directly. Hopefully, such procedures will help humans that are suffering from the heaviest of afflictions.
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7. Transparent Amphipod
Like many deep sea creatures, this transparent amphipod, dubbed Phronima by marine biologists, uses its transparency to survive. By appearing clear in the dark waters, the amphipod helps hide from predators, but in spite of the shrimp-like creature’s attempts to disappear, it can’t conceal a vibrant yellow patch that sits inside its head.
8. Transparent Jellyfish
Glowing in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, this transparent jellyfish seems to inhabit another world. From the Arctapodema genus, the transparent jellyfish’s grandeur is more remarkable given its inch-long (2.5-centimeter-long) size.
9. Transparent Cave Crayfish
In caves all over the world, most unusual living creatures have adapted to their dark natural surroundings. These animals have evolved into troglobites – living organisms that have gotten so used to living in the darkness that they couldn’t possibly survive outside the caves.
10. Transparent Larval Shrimp
Found in the waters around Hawaii, this transparent larval shrimp piggybacks on an equally see-through jellyfish.