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Sea Creatures of Uozu Aquarium – 3 – Glass Catfish

I recently visited the Uozu Aquarium in Toyama while searching for the Japanese Fireworms in Toyama Bay.  Here’s another sea creature I found there!

Day 3 – Glass Catfish – Kryptopterus bicirrhis

This is a small fish that lives in Borneo with a mostly-transparant body, except for its internal organs which are squished directly behind its brain.  Creepy!  I wonder how this species evolved transparency in response to environmental pressures?  Maybe it’s just harder to see for predators!

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Sea Creatures of Uozu Aquarium – 2 – Organ-pipe Coral

I recently visited the Uozu Aquarium in Toyama while searching for the Japanese Fireworms in Toyama Bay.  Here’s another sea creature I found there!

Day 2 – An Organ-Pipe Coral – Tubipora musica

The only species in its genus, this organ-pipe coral naturally occurs in the Indian Ocean.  Out of every “organ-pipe” projects polyps that extend rather far into the surrounding water, where they catch plankton as food. The polyps wave in the reef currents like tall grass on a breezy day.

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