What The Hell Is That?!: Freaky Deaky Transparent Sea Creature

March 28, 2017

This is a gif of a giant hyperiid of the genus Cystisoma, a completely transparent marine space alien. The bulbous portion of its body is actually its head, of which its eyes make up the entire top half. No word what Mother Nature was thinking when she invented this particular creature, but I suspect there was a bad breakup involved. "Father Time broke my heart!" Awww, there, there, Mother Nature, you're better than him -- he doesn't deserve you. Now, pick up some of that magical life clay of yours and sculpt me a sexy mermaid companion.

Thanks to Dave L, who told me he feels like that hyperiid sometimes. Wait -- creepy or invisible?

  • GeneralDisorder

    Well... we've seen it. Now we should kill it.

  • Jenness

    If this can exists so can mermaids. Just you wait you haters.

  • The_Wretched

    That doesn't actually follow since large and or transparent sea critters is pretty normal where as humanoid arms and retrofitted breathing are irrational for the aquatic environment.

  • TheQiwiMan

    If Elon Musk held a press conference and said they had secretly sent a probe to Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, and brought this back, every single person on earth would buy that that is an alien life form.

  • The_Wretched

    What does it taste like?

  • I'd wonder what the edible parts are. I apparently use color and texture to determine these things.

  • The_Wretched

    Like pepsi-crystal!, just open the flip top and drink!

  • Frédéric Purenne

    It looks like those acrylic ball that grows in water, you'd lose sight of it if you put it back in the bucket or something.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    My first thought exactly. I'm just going to have to forget they exist next time i go swimming.

  • TheQiwiMan


  • James Mcelroy

    or louse maybe...

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