Shelled Pteropods

North Carolina,
United States
The other images I have seen before, but I have never heard of a nake sea butterfly. It is truely vanishing. Sad because it is quite pretty.
Czech Republic
Because the black color means death to me. You can see the micro-organisim lost in the black color.
Texas,
United States
It shows the vanishing species in the deep.
North Carolina,
United States
I think it is a neat colorful creature I would like to learn about.
Wisconsin,
United States
Because the other animals seem more commona and it would be nice for people to learn about one from a different part of the earth and something unfamiliar.
Maryland,
United States
So far down in the ocean we don't even know about it yet, and we are drestroying but we've got to care.
Florida,
United States
Because it is all alone in the dark.
California,
United States
Because the bodies are translucent
Singapore
A change in the smallest organisms will have a profound effect on our future.
Oklahoma,
United States
Unique
Massachusetts,
United States
Not only is this creature in danger, but it's part of the marine world that most of us don't even know exist. So much of ocean life we have yet to discover is disappearing due human-induced (or -exacerbated) processes before we have the opportunity to catch a glimpse at it and be awed.
Canada
I've never seen it.
United States
It is such a small thing in such a big place.
Texas,
United States
Chemical changes in the ocean caused by humans affect all sorts of life. By destroying fish or reefs which leads to extinction of other ocean inhabitants.
Arizona,
United States
It is pitch black which looks like the end of the world.
Nevada,
United States
The gravity and significance of humanity's need to preserve such delicate beauty can only be proven by that which we rarely see.
Florida,
United States
It's the one least explored
United States
This diaphanous creature already lives a nearly invisible existence--at least to us on terra firma. Yet, if it truly disappeared, the whole food change would suffer, affecting species great and small, including the iconic ones.
Florida,
United States
This becomes a chain reaction- no food for the sea butterfly,which then becomes no food for the predators that feed on the sea butterfly.
United States
This image brings to light that even the smallest living being contains the vast beauty and awe of the universe, that mystery and inspiration exists in the seemingly invisible world. How marvelous indeed!

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