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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  • Sara P.

    The Swordfish and the baby Octupus are SO CUTE!!! And the Monkfish transformation is so significant, you’d never guess that’s what it used to be.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing!! Little did we know that little things can grow up to be so big and wonderful! Thanks for sharing, Carly!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11448787050759589304 Sam Wolfe Connelly

    these remind me of pokemon evolutions…

  • https://openid.aol.com/opaque/e3e88508-25cf-11e1-9ef2-000bcdcb5194 e3e88508-25cf-11e1-9ef2-000bcdcb5194

    amazing!

  • Anonymous

    i didn’t know blue marlins started that small!!!

  • Ally

    The blue marlins are SO CUTE as babies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://nmcil12.livejournal.com/ nmcil12

    Just discovered your – what a treasure. Magnificent Life – Thank you for showing us all these remarkable creatures. You should show an infant lobster -

  • cristi

    Every baby is cute, doesn’t matter the species… :)

  • carole

    Thank you!

  • Ute Manns

    These are the real “Ugly Duckling turning into the Beautiful Swan” theory.

  • marlonmark

    Truly amazing!!