15 Transparent Animals That Have More Secrets than It Seems

    15 Transparent Animals That Have More Secrets than It Seems
    Greg

    6:38 PM EDT, September 24, 2021

    15 transparent animals that have more secrets than it seems.

    Though sometimes you can literally see through them, in fact there are some secrets they hide. We still do not understand the phenomenon of their existence and how they have actually evolved to become what they are now.

    Welcome to the world of transparent animals!

    #1 An octopus of glass

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    A glass octopus (Vitreledonella richardi) often looks like a sculpture. Its jelly-like and completely transparent. You can find it in tropical seas. Its coat length ranges from 4 to 10 inches.

    #2 The ghost shrimp

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    pinterest

    It is also known as the phantom-shrimp. It comes from the south-east of the USA and it is really transparent (which works as a great protection camouflage). It lives in fresh waters and eats plankton.

    #3 The glass frog

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    pinterest

    This animal is known for the fact that you can see its organs right through its skin. It lives in the south of the USA. In fact, most of these animals are not transparent; they are lemon-green. Only a fraction of them look like the one in the photograph.

    #4 A snal with a tranparent shell

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    J. Bedek, Alexander M. Weigand/wikimedia

    Its true name is Zospeum tholussum. It was discovered in 2013 in a cave in Croatia. The creature is really t ine – it's just 3mm big. They are usually blind, but it doesn;t change the fact they they are so cute...

    #5 The Sea Angel

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    The sea angels are slugs living in the Arctic Ocean. They are hermaphrodites and they eat while floating in water. And this is when they look like flying angels.

    #6 The golden tortoise beetle

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    This beautiful species belongs to the leaf beetle family – Chrysomelidae. What makes it really fascinating is the fact that it color changes depending on the life situation. For example, the adult ones turn red whenever they are stressed. It also happens when they grow up or mate.

    #7 The longhorn cowfish

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    clownfish_indonesia/insta

    This beautiful animal lives around coral reefs in lagoons. The most interesting thing about this creatures is not only the fact that they are semi-transparent, but also their laziness – they prefer drifting to swimming!

    #8 The pelagic nudibranch

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    paulcaiger/insta

    It is a kind of slug that hunts for the jelly creatures dwelling in the open ocean. It is also rather small. Its maximum length is 2.5 inches.

    #9 The Amphipod Cystisoma Neptuni

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    solvinzanki/insta

    This animal lives deep in the abyss of the sea. Its transparency keeps it safe from predators. The fact we can see it in the photo is only due to the flash light of the camera.

    #10 The Salpa Maxima

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    fortunatobeatrice/insta

    Salpa maxima is a barrel-shaped planktic tunicate. Its jelly structure allows it to move around. They live in cold waters and you can see them floating on their own or in colonies, sometimes forming very long chains.

    #11 The sea gooseberry

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    west.coast.soul/insta

    This cute creature looks like a small glass ball. It can be up to an inch big and lives in open waters.

    #12 The ice fish

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    west.coast.soul/insta

    It lives mainly in the waters of the Antarctic. Its blood is semi-transparent, and so is its body. Its got hardly ossified skeleton and cream-white gills

    #13 The glasswing butterfly

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    Eddy Van 3000/flickr

    Its transparent wings make it stand out from other butterflies. In this case it is also a kind of defense camouflage.

    #14 A young regalt tang

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    This fish might look familiar as it was the inspiration for Dora from Finding Nemo. Isn’t it lovely? They only live in tropical seas.

    #15 The Portuguese man o'war

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    blinkingeyeimaging/insta

    It is not a jellyfish though it looks like one. It's got long tentacles and its sting can be both painful and deadly, both for fish and people. You can frequently come across one in the ocean waters by the coast of Portugal.

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