2008 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st prize

David Liittschwager

National Geographic

01 January, 2006

Marine microfauna from the ocean off Hawaii come under closer focus.

The blue button, a relative of the jelly fish, is not one organism, but a colony, joined at the gas-filled hub which keeps it afloat. Each tentacle has a specialized role, such as catching prey, reproducing, or digesting.

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David Liittschwager

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