Why are so many deep-sea animals colored red? At the surface of the ocean, we see a red animal because red light is being reflected off of it. In the visible spectrum of light, red has the longest wavelength and therefore the least amount of energy to penetrate through water. This means that as you travel deeper in the water, there is decreasingly less red light, so red animals will appear black. This Benthocodon sp. jelly appears red in the photo, because of the artificial light from the ROV. Check out our Deep-sea Valentine to you on our YouTube channel! ⠀
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