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This animal, which looks like a watery, pink football, is actually an fierce deep-sea predator (though it is only a few inches long). It is a ctenophore (pronounced "teen-o-four") called Beroe abyssicola. Ctenophores are gelatinous animals that swim by waving tiny hair-like projections called "ctenes." Beroe abyssicola also has tiny hairs that act like "teeth" that help it grab onto its prey. When Beroe bumps into another jelly, it grabs on using these teeth, opens its mouth (at left) really wide, and tries to swallow its prey whole.

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