Chemicals Turn Fish Into Trippy, Transparent Works of Art

Biology professor Adam Summers is a scientist, but part of what he does is also art. To study the biomechanics of fish, he colors specimens in order to highlight their different systems and anatomical structures. This process involves many steps and various chemicals, to both preserve the tissue and destroy it, and to bring different colors to different parts of the specimen. The results make the fish easier to study, but they are also beautiful -so much so that Summers’ works are on exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium. See more examples of these fish, and read about how it’s done at Wired Science.     

(Image credit: Dr. Adam Summers)

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