From Larva to Livin’ Large

From Larva to Livin' Large

Everyone has to start somewhere. In the case of some fish, this means beginning their lives in the larval stage, eating microscopic creatures until they transition into their ultimate big-bodied selves.

Below is a collection of several fish species and what they looked like before and AFTER their growth spurts. Get ready for some craziness…

Zebrafish
(Danio rerio)
before
image credit: inquisitr.com
after
image credit: student.santarosa.edu
Leaf Scorpionfish
(Taenianotus triacanthus)
before
Copyright: Chris Newbert, Minden Pictures
after
image credit: livingreefs.com
Monkfish 
(Lophius vomerinus)
 
before
image credit: innovations-report.com
after
 image credit: scienceblogs.com
Ocean Sunfish
(Mola mola)
before
 
image credit: norbertwu.com
after
copyright: Phillip Colla, oceanlight.com


King Mackerel
(Scomberomorus cavalla)
before
image credit: dnr.sc.gov
after
image credit: tarponwiz.com
Swordfish
(Xiphias gladius)
before
 image credit: thenakedscientists.com
after
image credit: gofishn.com
 
Brittle Star
(class Ophiuroidea)
before
 image credit: sciencephoto.com
after
 
image credit: oceanexplorer.noaa.gov
Octopus
(genus Octopus)
before
image credit: australianmuseum.net.au
 after
image credit: bdoutdoors.com
Blue Marlin
(Makaira nigricans)
before
image credit: tamug.edu
after
image credit: animalphotos.tk
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