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Mertensia ovum - a ctenophore, also known as comb jelly.
From Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep. Highly recommended. It’s a book that packs more than stunning photographs: the book details so much newly-gained knowledge of various deep-sea organisms, often photographed in situ. 
Note that the iridescence often observed on a ctenophore’s ciliary rows are not an example of bioluminescence. It’s simply a refraction of light.

Mertensia ovum - a ctenophore, also known as comb jelly.

From Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep. Highly recommended. It’s a book that packs more than stunning photographs: the book details so much newly-gained knowledge of various deep-sea organisms, often photographed in situ

Note that the iridescence often observed on a ctenophore’s ciliary rows are not an example of bioluminescence. It’s simply a refraction of light.

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