Comb jellies—also known as ctenophores, or “comb bearers”—swim with eight pulsating rows of hair-like cilia. Fused at their bases like the teeth of a comb, successive plates of cilia beat from mouth to rear to propel the animal through the water.
Humans also have beating cilia—our lungs are cleared of mucus and dirt by these biological shag rugs, for example. But comb jellies have the largest cilia of any organism and are the largest animals to use these little paddles to move about.
So fine are the cilia that, as white light passes over the comb rows, the hairs block and drag and warp the light beam. As the light peels around the cilia—like an ocean wave wrapping around a rocky point—different colors are bent into view along the comb row. So why do comb jellies have rainbows? Our exhibit lights are being diffracted into their composite colors!
In the wild, comb jellies don’t display the same striking rainbows without strong sunlight or a large camera strobe. However, most comb jellies do produce their own faint light—bioluminescence—visible at night when the lights are off. Brilliant!
We hope you enjoyed this light reading and weren’t too diffracted from your work. Don’t hesitate to comb over here to check these jellies out for yourself!
couldn’t be pulled into his turn of doing the dishes that day, the home work
was someone else’s concern, Harry’s concern, and yet again he found
another excuse to escape the house chaos, and leave a sleeping Harry on their
bed taking a nap.
The pretty Saturday
afternoons to Harry were meant to be spent with his lover, cuddling in bed or
doing something together, staying all warm and safe in each other’s arms,
feeling the fine wind brush against them gently; that was it until harry sensed a sudden
change, something was missing, or rather someone, a certain source
warmth wasn’t there anymore , he shifted in his bed as his eyes started to open
slowly, and in realization that Draco wasn’t there beside him; they flung wide,
each iris reflecting a deep emerald green color in contact with the sun light.
called, his voice cracking a little before he took a swig of water from the
bottle on the bed side table, and without even knowing it he found himself
is downstairs cleaning up the mess in the kitchen.
legs swirled from the bed to the floor; he stretched a little before trudging
towards the door and down the spiral staircase of their fancy loft. Still
smiling, he ran his hand through his tousled up hair that looked messier than
usual; but it wasn’t like he could help it- Draco loved it that way.
was anything and everything his mind could adjust on at that moment, his hopes
to see his lover down there- maybe cleaning the kitchen, collapsed
before his eyes when he stepped onto the loft ground, Draco was nowhere to be
seen, he sighed and grabbed his phone from the living room table desperately
and called him, his brows creased and face tense.
He wore an
expression of perplexity; It was the fifth time and Harry started to worry, so
he began to bombard him with messages, however, it seemed like it was all in
vain, there was nothing back from Draco, and of course, that was what he expected
from a wizard learning to use a telephone.
see about this later.
entered the terribly-looking kitchen, cringing. It had never been this dirty
before, but he guessed that what happened when two people try to cook together,
and not just cooking, he chuckled at the thought before he made a swish In
the air with his wand, then everything was clean and shiny again.
To do it
with his wand wasn’t as pleasing as harry thought it would be to see Draco wash
them with his hands, to use no magic, he captured the boy in his mind standing
shirtless, his hair naturally a little messy and the pouring water slightly
splashing his bare stomach and caressing the scars on his chest as he ran his
hands through it. The corner of Harry’s mouth twitched into his cheek.
lifted his eyes up to the watch on the wall and he mentally gasped as he saw it
was almost 5pm, “Damn I slept so long, He better be coming back soon.”
He put on
his apron and got to work, planning to make some chocolate cookies.
Not so long
later, the cookies were done cooking, Harry opened the oven and was hit by a
very pleasant wall of the delicious smell of cookies, he sniffed deeply the
aromatic fragrance wafting throughout the kitchen, and placed them on a separate
plate, the soft smell of his treats still teasing his nostrils.
removed the apron, and placed it aside and was about to take the first bite, he
heard the door open, the sound of hot summer air forced into a passage way then
the door clicked close.
decided to come back?” harry asked crossing his arm before Draco came into the
kitchen “Where have you been?” he frowned.
Um-with pansy,” he stuttered before his eyes could examine the kitchen “Oh I see
you’ve cleaned the mess.” He smiled and moved towards Harry.
were actually supposed to be doing with your hands.” Harry’s eyes
shifted down from Draco’s eyes to his lips as the latter approached him.
Draco cocked an eyebrow before capturing the other’s lips in a long needed soft
kiss and wrapped his arms around his waist.
eyes opened again slowly, and then once again his mind was a surging perplexity,
the weather was hot, he literally could shower with cold water but why was
Draco wearing a wooly beanie?
that?” he beckoned to the beanie with his brows, slightly tilting up his head,
it was hiding Draco’s whole forehead.
cut his hair? Does he have bangs now?
expressions softening in realization; he smiled. “Take it off” he said to
said Harry getting even more close to Draco, their lips inches apart, his mesmerizing
emerald green eyes locked with Draco’s grey deep ones and for a moment, he felt
how hard butterflies collided in his stomach-
“Oh my god-
D-Draco … Why?” Harry stammered “You really didn’t have to do that. You Look…”Harry
lost any possible source of words as his eyes locked with the beautiful set of
colors in Draco’s no-longer-plain-platinum-blonde-hair, he looked startled at
the band of colors with an open heart, and different parts of Draco’s hair were
colored in various rainbow shades. It occurred to Harry how much Draco cared
about what he loved, through each wisp Harry found another source and meaning
of affection and empathy, Harry set about trying to find any possible
description to what was in front of his eyes, but to no avail, his eyes were shimmering,
immersing in the beauty that was before them.
like it?” Draco asked softly, his eyes a fire with passion.
amazing! I never thought you’d ever dye your hair in rainbow colors, I was just
kidding that night.” Harry said enthusiastically.
chuckled, “I support gay rights, I support our rights; you and I.” He pulled
Harry closer to his body, their foreheads touching, Harry’s eyes sparkling with
mirth and staring up Draco’s ones.
“I love you.”
Harry said smoothly, he was afraid his voice went unheard, but as Draco pressed
his own lips against Harry’s ones kissing him passionately, he got his answer. “I
love you too, more than anything, Harry.”
smiled purely at him, a swirl of warmth washing over his body, “I made cookies by the way,
what about we go eat them while watching TV?” said Harry.
at him “I’ll bring milk, you take them, and I’ll be there in a minute.” He said
affectionately, Harry nodded and took the plate from the counter heading
towards the comfy sofa, the smell still refreshing his insides.
Harry caught from the corner of his eyes Draco coming toward him, he changed
into a white v-neck shirt, his hair tousled just like Harry loved it, he was
holding two mugs of hot steaming milk before he sat down next to his boyfriend.
down a little, sitting upright, and then spread his legs wide for Draco to come,
the latter approached him gladly and then sat in the same position between his
hips but with his back and head on Harry’s chest.
his hand through Draco’s hair as the latter took a cookie, he was amazed, and
found himself falling harder at how soft and beautiful his hair was. So suddenly,
he felt the utter urge to bury his face in Draco’s hair and inhale sharply,
breathe through it. As he did so, a strong smell of peppermint shampoo invaded
his nostrils thoroughly, Harry closed his eyes, it was as though he’d finally found
his true source of oxygen, with the soft hairs brushing against his face.
lips twitched into a pure smile as he listened to Harry’s heartbeat while
eating his little cookie, he reached out and grabbed Harry’s hand and intertwined
their fingers together. And just like so, they stayed there, their bodies
twinkling with warmth and hearts glinting with uncontrollable love and desire.
(eng isnt my mother language so yeah pls ignore if there’s any mistake xx )
Is that the sound of your world?
Its pulse terrified me to believe I need its earthquakes
although i am bound to be broken
let each crack be every reason
why i fought to be your universe
Kissing rainbows on your soft hair tips,
i smell it off as flower petals i let my lungs branch into;
you are beautiful in so many magical ways
i wish there was a way to describe
what can’t be described
How well your eyes guide the morning
because your smile is all the sunlight i need,
and i search for my meaning in stranger’s faces
when all i needed was to look at you
to see myself, my worth
Understand that i love you
and this means when we are apart
i’m still trying my best to be so close to you
so near you where i can kiss you
until your skin molds my lip prints
for you to take home
to tuck under your pillow
as my good night postcards
And i will always miss you
even if we just saw each other earlier
but your perfume tied in a balloon
popped into whatever i’ll dream of tonight
My heart is familiar with goodbyes
but it still hurts every time,
so painful every time to see you go
and all i could do was watch