reefs magazine

Summer 2014

Transparent Creatures Under The Sea

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This article highlights a characteristic widely used, and not often studied, by animals in the ocean: transparency. When animals on land can try and camouflage with their surroundings, this usually means shades of brown or green to fit in with surrounding flora and fauna. Its quite different under the sea. Dr. Johnson, a Professor of Biology at Duke is studying transparent creatures. As one can imagine, this is not an easy task to do. The scientists often spend long periods of time underwater doing what appears to be looking at nothing to study deep sea transparency. When there is no where to hide, no reefs or underwater plants, transparency is the way to go for animals looking to avoid being the next meal. MORE

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