Comb Jelly Reflecting Colors

Light refracts off the comb-rows of the Mertensia ovum, a ctenophore, producing stripes of rainbow colors. The jelly eats copepods and small crustaceans that become stuck to its sticky tentacles. View the “Under Arctic Ice” photo essay to learn more.


K. Raskoff, Monterey Peninsula College, Arctic Exploration 2002, NOAA