24 Feb '12, 5pm

If animals won Oscars, these stars would get the statuette

If animals won Oscars, these stars would get the statuette

Japetella heathi. This deep-sea octopus possesses the amazing ability to switch from transparent to opaque and back again. In regular conditions, the octopuses are see-through, perhaps to prevent themselves as being seen as a dark silhouette against the ocean surface. But when bioluminescent light hits them, they instantaneously become pigmented, preventing a mirror-like glare from alerting potential predators to their existence. Well-played, J. heathi. Please limit your acceptance speech to 45 seconds.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/if-anima...

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