August 10, 2010–News Brief

Hide and seek in the deep

This new video on MBARI’s YouTube Channel illustrates some of the many ways that deep-sea animals hide in plain sight. Seafloor animals have colors or textures that blend in with their surroundings. Animals that swim or drift above the seafloor must use other strategies. Many of these “midwater” animals are deep red because red light is rapidly absorbed in the surface waters of the ocean and some deep-sea predators cannot see red light. Other midwater animals are black or transparent.

In all cases, this “game” of hide and seek is played with deadly earnestness, because the losers will be eaten.

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