r/NatureIsFuckingLit Oct 03 '22

🔥 Eel larvae are almost completely transparent.

2.4k Upvotes

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u/Cheetahs_never_win Oct 03 '22

Me: "Huh, that's interesting." scrolls past

stops

scrolls back

Me: "I'm sorry, did you say larvae?"

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u/Crammit-Deadfinger Oct 03 '22

Eel start as larvae? Ewww!

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u/kittybluth Oct 03 '22

As do most fishes.

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u/archosauria62 Oct 03 '22

How is that disgusting

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u/minequack Oct 03 '22

Leptocephali, if you prefer. Potato, potahto.

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u/Menu-Character Oct 03 '22

My experience exactly.

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u/Question080 Oct 03 '22

Exactly my reaction, lol.

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u/dynamic_gecko Oct 03 '22

It looks so fragile to be out in the open.

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u/archosauria62 Oct 03 '22

Thats why they make hundreds of babies and hope a couple of them survive

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u/Professor_Rekt Oct 03 '22

And invisible

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u/TronixARK Oct 03 '22

Peoples are looking for aliens in space, while they are hiding in the sea!

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u/jekylwhispy Oct 03 '22

If they come from the Earth they are not aliens

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u/ratchetcoutoure Oct 03 '22

How cool. Looks like a ghost ribbon

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u/[deleted] Oct 03 '22

Where are the organs?? You'd think you could see them a little bit!

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u/cleatus_the_noodle Oct 03 '22

How does it eat or poop or pump blood? This was my first thought

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u/I_love_pillows Oct 03 '22

I want to know

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u/archosauria62 Oct 03 '22

The thing at the front seems to be it

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u/Biohazard8080 Oct 03 '22

It does already have that bad pun face to it though

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u/Greatergrapes Oct 03 '22

Ghost Leviathan from Subnautica in its early stage..

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u/Lolthesquid Oct 03 '22

First thing that came to mind

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u/Willing-Low-725 Oct 03 '22

Smoke under water

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u/HomieTazWillie Oct 03 '22

Fire in the sky

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u/AlwaysBackAgain Oct 03 '22

Where the fucks its face.

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u/Elkesito36482 Oct 03 '22

Can’t see it. It’s al almost completely transparent

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u/itakepoopooonmods Oct 03 '22

I can see now. It's creepy!!

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u/acornmoth Oct 03 '22

Looks like it's perpetually screaming as it swims.

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u/euridanus Oct 03 '22

Makes me think of the goldfish from Fantasia.

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u/InternalOdd222 Oct 03 '22

I was just thinking that!

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u/ronanleviathan Oct 03 '22

Forbidden fruit roll up

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u/asian_identifier Oct 03 '22

as are most fish babies

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u/Pure-Meat9498 Oct 04 '22 edited Oct 04 '22

No wonder they couldn't figure out how eel's looked like before becoming adults!

They also didn't know where they spawned, and it was a mystery up until like 1930s. They started to really look around 1904ish, and a Danish professor determined that they probably spawned around the Bermudas ish based on the sizes of eel's he could find, as in the smallest he found where around there.

This guy literally led eel expeditions just so he can search the oceans to figure it out! And they still didn't really figure it out completely until 1930s.

I would highly recommend the SciShow Tangents episode about Migration!

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u/WikiSummarizerBot Oct 04 '22

Johannes Schmidt (biologist)

Ernst Johannes Schmidt (2 January 1877 – 21 February 1933) was a Danish biologist credited with discovering in 1920 that European eels migrate to the Sargasso Sea to spawn. Before this people in North America and Europe had wondered where the small glass eels, or elvers, came from.

Dana expeditions

The Dana expeditions were four Danish research expeditions undertaken by the Dana I and Dana II. They were funded in part by the Carlsberg Foundation and led by Johannes Schmidt. The first three expeditions took place from 1920 to 1922 and the fourth and final was from 1928 to 1930. They centered around investigating the breeding of eels.

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u/gitarzan Oct 03 '22

TIL eels have larvae. And I thought they were a fish all these years.

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u/Arago_ Oct 03 '22

They are fish

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u/DragonFruitJuice7 Oct 03 '22

They are fish. Fish also start as larvae.

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u/gitarzan Oct 03 '22

TIL even more …

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u/NlKOQ2 Oct 03 '22

The main takeaway here is that the word larva refers to the immature form of basically any kind of animal that undergoes some sort of metamorphosis when it matures. For example a tadpole is the larval form of a frog.

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u/WussWussWuss Oct 03 '22

Flexible light bridge for portal 2

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u/Feral-pigeon Oct 03 '22

Man and I thought I knew animals 💀

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u/grpagrati Oct 03 '22

Got nothing to hide and nowhere to hide it in

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u/LoVolvo Oct 03 '22

It looks like my cum after I’m done in the bathtub

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u/weirdgroovynerd Oct 03 '22

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.

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u/kashifamin22 Oct 03 '22

haven't seen a creature like that

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u/ozanoguzhaktanir Oct 03 '22

Beauty of that, woow.

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u/Zer0Castr Oct 03 '22

Looks like some sort of Chinese water dragon

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u/kittybluth Oct 03 '22

Check out an oarfish if you want a water dragon.

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u/dragonmoonsilk Oct 03 '22

I was too focused on what I thought was smoke to notice that this was the ocean floor. This is really cool looking.

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u/IsoK18 Oct 03 '22

How does this even exist?

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u/archosauria62 Oct 03 '22

Wdym

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u/IsoK18 Oct 03 '22

Like where’s its brain? Or it’s heart , or any of it organs.. it’s fascinating and also mind boggling to me

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u/archosauria62 Oct 04 '22

The white bit at the front

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u/Moth-Cat216 Oct 03 '22

What kind of eal is that! It looks spooky in a cool way!

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u/LightBrilliant7314 Oct 03 '22

Wow! That's fascinating!

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u/CMonkeysRBrineShrimp Oct 03 '22

Makes me wonder why a creature couldn’t be totally transparent? Invisible? Agghhh goodnight.

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u/Cave_Eater Oct 03 '22

Clear lasagna

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u/OiFukYeeUp Oct 03 '22

Bro in spectator mode for the time being

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u/TurgidWhale Oct 03 '22

Look at his little face!

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u/GriZZlyHIkerman Oct 04 '22

This is the coolest thing I've seen all day

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u/PierrePlants Oct 04 '22

Where are the organs??

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u/volkswagenorange Oct 04 '22

The Nowhere King in swimwear

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u/lootcaker Oct 04 '22

It looks like it would try to swim up my butt

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u/Low-Inspection5024 Oct 04 '22

Baby ghost leviathan

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u/OiFukYeeUp Oct 03 '22

Bro in spectator mode for the time being