The Sea Sapphire

This tiny creature can turn itself “invisible” in an instant

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The American Chemical Society stated that the Sapphirina, or sea sapphire, has been called “the most beautiful animal you’ve never seen.” It surely is and more than that as it certainly is one of the most magical.

This tiny copepods, or a group of small crustaceans found in the sea and nearly every freshwater habitat, appear to shine in different hues, from red, violet, to blue and then instantly vanish. Research states that…

“shimmering animals’ colors result when light bounces off of the thin, hexagonal crystal plates that cover their backs. These plates also help them vanish, if only fleetingly.”

 

This awesome creature can make itself invisible in an instant.
This awesome creature can make itself invisible in an instant.

 

Interestingly enough, it is only the males who are able to do this as the females are completely translucent. Scientists think that this is because these colorful displays are for the males to help mating partners. Male sea sapphires swim in spirals to attract females whereas its momentary disappearance during their spiral swim may act to deter predators.

 




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