Thursday, April 1, 2010

I've Been Flashed

I love watching Comb Jellyfish. I saw lots of them this morning and they were doing their neon sign trick. Imagine a long standing row of shiny reflective dominoes, you knock the first one over and it knocks the next one, then that one knocks the next one, and so on - only they pop right up after falling over, then do it all again, and again. Because the jellyfish's cilia (dominoes) are reflective, it appears that colored lights are constantly running up it's sides. You can see a little of the lights on the lowermost edge of the jellyfish in the photo above. I love swimming in the ocean - I never know what I'm going to see next.

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