It looked so delicate...like crystal...and then it moved slightly and I realized it was alive!
Do you recognize this animal? (Hint: I have shown this species on the blog before, but it was several years ago.)
Here's a close-up:
And one more view after it shifted so that it was on its back:
This is Phronima sedenteria, a pelagic amphipod. I found two of them yesterday — this one was without a home, while the other was still living inside a salp.
For an introduction (or a review) about this fascinating amphipod, check out the "Otherworldly" post from 8 April 2012.
P.S. This was one of two interesting amphipods I encountered yesterday...stay tuned for #2!