Transparent Animals That Prove This Planet Is a Miracle


There are animals that seem to have found the invisible cloak of Harry Potter to protect themselves against predators. Some of them are completely translucent and only a couple of eyes reveal under the glassy skin the existence of a creature. The most interesting part is that some of them, like the glass octopus and the glass frog, have not been born like that as a species, but have developed their body types through the years to partial or complete transparency.

1. The Transparent Juvenile Surgeonfish

If you wonder why this stunning translucent fish looks familiar, it’s because it’s a Dory family member, Finding Nemo’s friend. It is a juvenile surgeonfish and Acanthuridae is its family. They are living in tropical seas.

2. The Portuguese Man of War

The Portuguese man o’ war or Physalia physalis is not a medley, even if it appears like one, it has long tentacles and its sting is extremely painful and toxic, deadly to both fish and humans. From its strange look, this creature took its name. There are several types of man o’ war and the most popular is the Atlantic Portuguese man o’ war who lives near Portugal on the surface of the ocean.

3. The Glasswing Butterfly

Unlike regular butterflies, instead of having bright colours, this one is transparent. It is called Greta oto and belongs to the Danainae subfamily, the Ithomiini tribe, and the Godyridina subtribe. As it is commonly called, the glasswing butterfly uses its translucent wings as a disguise.

4. The Icefish

Chaenocephalus Aceratus is known as blackfin icefish and belongs to the icefish family of crocodiles which lives mostly in the Antarctic. Her blood, like her skin, is transparent and has a very thin ossified skeleton and white creamy gills.

5. The Sea Gooseberry

This adorable creature that looks like a small glass ball is called Pleurobrachia pileus, but it’s better known as the “sea gooseberry” and can be up to 2.5 cm tall. It’s a comb jelly that lives outdoors. Their tentacles are twenty times longer than their bodies and used to wrap around their prey.

6. The Ghost Shrimp

7. A chain of Salpa Maxima creatures bonded together

Salpa maximum is a planktonic tunicate in the form of a tube. His real name is salp. Through contracting and pumping water through it, the gelatinous body structure makes it move. Salp lives in cold waters and can be seen moving alone or forming long chains in colonies.

8. The Glass Frog

9. The Amphipod Cystisoma Neptune


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Photo by @SolvinZankl. “See and NOT be seen” seems to be the life motto of the deep-sea amphipod Cystisoma neptuni. The segments of its highly-specialised compound eyes collect rays of light in crystalline cones and lead them to the tips of light-guiding tubes that are connected to the optic nerves. Its transparent body prevents the crustacean from being detected and caught by predators. It is only visible thanks to the special lightning in my photo aquarium. #animals #deepsea #bionic #amphipoda #transparent #plancton #diving #blackwater #crustacean #critter #geo #geomagazin #geomagazine #nature #natgeo #nationalgeographic #natgeode #natgeodeutschland #terramatermagazin #nikonphotographers #nikon #onassignment #photographer #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotojournalism #wildlifephotography #solvinzankl #solvinzanklphotography follow @SolvinZankl

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Amphipod Cystisoma Neptune is a deep-sea Amphipod species with a transparent head. The camouflaged skin protects it from predators, and the camera’s light can only be seen in videos.

10. The Immortal Jellyfish or Turritopsis dohrnii

Turritopsis dohrnii is probably the most beautiful creature on earth as it is the only immortal creature. The immortal jellyfish is a Mediterranean and Japanese resident. Its life cycle has no maximum unlike any other jellyfish in nature. Researchers are head over heels about this natural miracle.

11. The Glass Octopus or Vitreledonella Richardi

Glaskrake (Vitreledonella richardi)

The glass octopus, actually called the richardi of Vitreledonella, might look like a sculpture, but it is real. It is from the family of Amphitredidae, it is gelatinous and completely transparent and can be found in tropical seas. With its mantle length ranging from 11 to 45 cm, it also doesn’t get that tall.

12. The Pelagic Nudibranch

One of the most common gastropods is Pelagic Nudibranch. It’s an open-ocean hunter representing the body plan and movement of a shark. It uses its horn-like rhinophores to trap its victims, which are just jellies. It’s also quite small in size with a maximum length of just 5.5 cm.

 The Juvenile Cowfish

The Golden Tortoise Beetle 

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