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Female Chilean rose tarantula (Grammostola rosea), also known as the Chilean flame tarantula. (John C. Abbott)

Jellyfish Look Up in the Sky?

box jellyfish
(Jan Bielecki)
Researchers studying the box jellyfish Tripedalia cystophora in Puerto Rico observed that four of the species’ 24 eyes always point up. The translucent eyes, inside the jellyfish’s body, seem specialized for peering beyond the water surface to detect tree branches, which direct the jellies to the mangrove swamps where they feed.

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