Coral Goby, Japan

Photograph by Brian Skerry, National Geographic

Coral goby on soft coral, Japan, 2008

In spooky forests of whip coral, a pair of shrimp, male and female, are found living on a single strand, while nearby a goby mimics the brilliant orange of soft coral as a defense against predators. Other cool-water sites offer more fablelike scenes. For a few nights each year in spring, firefly squid spawn in the deep waters off Toyama Bay. On moonless nights they rise to the surface, and dying females get swept by currents to nearby beaches, glowing an eerie blue as they wash ashore.

(From the National Geographic book Ocean Soul by Brian Skerry)

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