See-Through Fish

The photographs feature fish that have been specially treated to make the stained skeletal tissues visible through the skin and flesh.


A tube snout (Aulorhynchus flavidus). (Photo by Adam Summers)

The technique, developed by Dr. Adam Summers, uses dyes, hydrogen peroxide, a digestive enzyme and glycerin to make the flesh seem to disappear. Adam Summers has given us a new perspective on the internal structures of the aquatic animals, thanks to his series of artistic photographs currently on exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium.


A spiny lumpsucker (Eumicrotremus orbis). (Photo by Adam Summers)


This image of the butterfly ray (Gymnura crebripunctata) helped scientists study the joints in its wings. (Photo by Adam Summers)


A scalyhead sculpin (Artedius harringtoni) picture that’s part of the exhibition. (Photo by Adam Summers)


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