Luke 19: The beautiful duckling

A lot of marine creatures suffer from the ugly duckling syndrome. In their childhood, most crabs and shrimp resemble creatures from an Alien vs. Predator movie and even the most beautiful marine snails are born as amorphous clumps with what appear to be oversized hairy ears sticking out. Today’s Julekalender species tells the story of a reverse ugly duckling with a cute name: the ox-eyed oreo (Oreosoma atlanticum).

Young, sparkly and pretty. Photo by Corna Smith – shared by Ocean Defenders Hawaii

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