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The Rainbow Jellyfish moves using eight rows of fused cilia that beat in metachronal waves that diffract light, so that they sparkle with all of the colors of the rainbow.

The Rainbow Jellyfish moves using eight rows of fused cilia that beat in metachronal waves that diffract light, so that they sparkle with all of the colors of the rainbow.

Ctenophora - "Also known as “comb jellies,” ctenophora emit a blue or green light that can only be seen in the dark. They also secrete ink that luminesces most brightly in the smaller bodies of young comb jellies. A rainbow effect is created when light scatters through the distinctive comb-like tentacles of the ctenophore."

Ctenophora - "Also known as “comb jellies,” ctenophora emit a blue or green light that can only be seen in the dark. They also secrete ink that luminesces most brightly in the smaller bodies of young comb jellies. A rainbow effect is created when light scatters through the distinctive comb-like tentacles of the ctenophore."

The North American Comb Jellyfish by Lars Johan Hansson, esciencenews.com #Comb_Jellyfish #Lars_Johan_Hansson #esciencenews

The North American Comb Jellyfish by Lars Johan Hansson, esciencenews.com #Comb_Jellyfish #Lars_Johan_Hansson #esciencenews

This heart-shaped jellyfish called a comb jelly was among thousands of tiny creatures captured in an expedition conducted in April to collect and catalog the world's deep-sea denizens.National Geographic.com

This heart-shaped jellyfish called a comb jelly was among thousands of tiny creatures captured in an expedition conducted in April to collect and catalog the world's deep-sea denizens.National Geographic.com

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