From the vibrant hues of the peacock mantis shrimp to the iridescent scales of the dragonfish, the ocean is home to a plethora of unusually beautiful sea creatures.
We picked out ten eye-catching creatures from the deep to remind us of the amazing diversity and awe-inspiring beauty of our natural world.
10 bright and colourful sea creatures
Some sea creatures are so strange-looking, it’s hard to believe we’re from the same planet! Colouration in the animal kingdom plays a wide variety of roles, to attract opposite sex, to warn enemies and to camouflage. As with terrestrial animals, such a wide spectrum of colouration is present in aquatic animals. Check out our pick of 10 incredibly colourful and unusual-looking sea creatures. In no particular order.
1. Christmas tree worm Spirobranchus giganteus, also known as the Christmas tree worm. Each worm has two brightly coloured crowns that protrude from its tube-like body. These Christmas tree-like crowns are composed of radioles, or hair-like appendages radiating from the worm’s central spine. These appendages are used for respiration and to catch dinner, which typically consists of microscopic plants, or phytoplankton, floating in the water. Christmas tree worms come in a variety of bright colors. They aren’t very big, averaging about 3.8 centimeters in length. However, because of their distinctive shape, beauty, and color, these worms are easily spotted. They are some of the most widely recognised polychaetes, or marine burrowing, segmented worms out there. Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This article was originally posted on Dec 19, 2020
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