Bloodybelly Comb Jelly

Posted By Ben Goulding, 6 November, 2009 | permalink


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Brilliant and seemingly glowing, the bloodybelly comb jelly comes in different shades of red but always has a blood-red stomach. The sparkling display on the outside comes from light diffracting from tiny transparent, hair-like cilia. These beat continuously, propelling the jelly through the water. In the deep sea, the jelly is nearly invisible; animals that are red appear black and blend into the dark background.

For me, it’s intimidating, but hypnotic at the same time. I almost want to put it on the top of the christmas tree.

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Bill November 6, 2009

What is that??? looks so weird :D

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