Saturday, September 28, 2013

Photo of the Day: Naked Sea Butterflies



From Wired: "Clione limacina, the Sea Angel[, aka the Naked Sea Butterfly or Common Clione], is a free-swimming mollusk that ditched its shell and replaced its foot with wings somewhere along the evolutionary path. Delicate and ravenous, these marine cherubs are fast swimmers. Their primary prey are sea butterflies (Limacina), which they catch using six pointy cones stored inside their otherwise seraphic heads. When it's time to eat, Clione heads open up and reveal the hexa-jaws of doom, which can inflate to be nearly half the length of the angel's body. Above, the transition from sea angel to Angel of Death. (The White Sea, Russia/Flickr/Flickr)" (Thanks to -S.)