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Here are some Love Nature’s best-dressed aquatics
These are nudibranchs, named because of their exposed gills. These flashy little guys evolved from sea snails.
Over time, they ditched their protective shell in favor of a more advanced defense mechanism: toxicity. Some cultivate their own poison, while others dine on toxic foods, like sponges.
Woo! If looks could kill! There are 3,000 species of nudibranchs, and each advertises weaponry in their own way.
Take this glowing purple specimen. Instead of gills, its back is lined with tentacles. These golden tips are probably filled with toxins. At least, that’s what it would have you believe.
Some nudibranchs simply mimic the colors of poisonous slugs to keep predators at bay.
Well played. Fascinating, isn’t it?
How some of the world’s most attractive creatures can also be nature’s most sinister. Harlequin shrimp, with their magnificent looking shells, easily draw your gaze. But that’s not all they capture. Their main source of food? Starfish!
Starfish move around on hundreds of tiny feet. To keep their meal from getting away, the shrimp paralyze the starfish, using their specialized claws to slice the feet off.
They then munch on one of its legs, working their way to the juicy center of its body. Sounds grisly, but wait, it gets worse. Starfish legs can grow back. Knowing this, the harlequin shrimp keep it, prisoner, as an unlimited source of food. But without nourishment, the starfish will wither away and eventually die. To keep it alive, the harlequin shrimp feed the starfish, effectively keeping their fridge stocked as long as they can. Yeah … dark!
These majestic reef dwellers aim to partner up through an intricate courtship dance. But to win the female’s heart, these males are about to square off. Raising a dorsal fin plays as a warning to rivals, while also acting as a show for the females.
An underwater tussle ignites. And unlike their color patterns, this duel ain’t pretty. Their back and forth ends with the dominant male pinning his nemesis. Defeated, the loser drops his dorsal fin and fades into the shadows.
The battle won, the female pairs with the victor, resting on his pectoral fin. Together, at last, they ascend, slow dancing upwards, cheek to cheek. At the peak of their rise, the pair releases a cloud of eggs and sperm in perfect sync, leaving the eggs to be fertilized in the water column. How lovely. Life underwater has its own set of rules. Sure, these guys can dress to impress, but as you can see, there’s more to them than meets the eye.