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Christian Sardet


Sharif Mirshak


Christian Sardet, Sasha Bollet


Noé Sardet, Christian Sardet, Sharif Mirshak


Sharif Mirshak

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Sharif Mirshak


Gregory Gallagher

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Cristobal Urbina

Iridescent Ctenophores - .

time 02:00

Shimmering waves of light, stalking their prey, ctenophores are on the move.

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Some gelatinous animals look like luminous prisms spreading waves of color. Though equipped with tentacles they are not jellyfish. They are called comb jellies, or ctenophores, from the Greek words ktenos: for comb and phoros: to carry. 

Ctenophores swim by the synchronous beating of 8 comb rows made of thousands of fused cilia. As they refract light, the beating combs create shimmering waves.

Unlike jellyfish, ctenophores do not have stinging cells. They won't hurt you, but they are carnivorous. Some catch shrimp using tentacles covered with sticky cells called colloblastsOther species can bite and swallow ctenophores much larger than themselves.

With all their colors they can't be missed.

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