A real life invisibility cloak!

Friday, June 20, 2014 by Becca Stanley

Have you ever dreamed of having a super power? How about invisibility? Hippopodius, a marine jellyfish, lives most of its life in a transparent state, making it basically invisible to other creatures!

 

However, if anything even slightly touches it, a chemical reaction is set off that turns this jelly fish bright white! This is called blanching. Blanching helps the fragile Hippopodius avoid being run over by other creatures that rely heavily on sight.

 

Also at night when blanching can’t be seen, Hippopodious gives off waves of bright flashes of light to warn others of its presence!

 

If you would like to learn more about Hippopodius through an animated video click the link below :

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/science/a-marine-magicians-vanishing-act.html?_r=0

 



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