Bioluminescent comb jelly

Bioluminescent comb jelly

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Caption: Bioluminescent comb jelly. Comb jellies (Ctenophores) are jellyfish-like organisms that take their common name from their rows of hair-like cilia. They beat these cilia to propel them through the water. Bioluminescence (white areas) is the ability of an organism to emit light as a result of a chemical reaction taking place inside its body. It is thought this ability may be used for a number of reasons, including attraction, communication or camouflage. Comb jellies are not true jellyfish as they lack the characteristic stinging cells (cnidocytes). Photographed off the coast of Reunion Island, Indian Ocean.

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