Many animals survive through their strength and size, while others thrive by blending into their surroundings. Our planet is home to a myriad of species, some of which are bizarrely fascinating and warrant closer examination. Consider translucent creatures, for instance. Their otherworldly appearance, akin to something out of “Predator,” gives them an almost extraterrestrial allure, resembling beings made of glass.
1. Tortoise Beetle
Various types of these beetles inhabit diverse regions worldwide, united by one characteristic — a transparent shell adorned with dark spots.
2. Translucent Sea Cucumber
This peculiar organism roams the ocean floor, employing its short tentacles to vacuum up any edible debris it encounters, akin to an underwater Roomba!
3. Glass Squid
With over 50 species, these nearly invisible creatures, also known as glass squids, primarily inhabit upper ocean layers, expertly blending into their surroundings.
4. Transparent Amphipod Phronima
Despite its diminutive 2 cm size, this shrimp is a ruthless predator, thanks to its flawless form resembling a water ninja, wielding sharp claws to dispatch prey.
Discovered recently in the Amazon River, this small fish reveals nothing to conceal.
6. Sea Angel
These predatory gastropods have a taste for sea devils, presenting a poetic interplay of predator and prey. Interestingly, their appearance inspired designs for Pokémon species.
7. Barton Springs Salamander
If you’re ever in Barton Springs near Austin, Texas, go check out these dope salamanders. You won’t find these lizards in any other location in the world, since they require extremely specific water conditions.
8. Glass Octopus
These ethereal cephalopods roam tropical and subtropical waters globally, offering a glimpse into their internal workings due to their translucent bodies.
9. Glass Catfish
Meet one of the most translucent vertebrates on the planet. Glass catfish can be found along the coasts of Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
10. Translucent Jumping Spider
Spiders are scary, there’s no need to make them any scarier, said every person ever. But Mother Nature would like to disagree. That’s how we got invisible jumping spiders! At least they’re quite tiny, so they don’t pose a threat.
11. Glass Shrimp
This little rascal is also known as the ghost shrimp. It’s pretty much your usual freshwater crustacean, but it looks fantastic.
12. Glass Frog
If you want to see a glass frog, you’re going to have to travel to the rainforests of Central and South America. But note that when glass frogs sit motionlessly, they are virtually invisible, so your passive perception is the key.
13. Greta Oto
Also known as the glass butterfly, this beauty can be found in the forests of Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. Those transparent wings are like tiny windows. So cool.
14. Antarctic Icefish
Thriving in frigid waters, this peculiar fish boasts nearly transparent blood and skin, unique among vertebrates for lacking red blood cells or hemoglobin.