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Jul 04, 2008


A sweeeet collection of transparent undersea creatures is on display over at NationalGeographic.com, including this guy, the Roundbelly Cowfish aka Mr. Rule #38! (I am not making that name up)


Photograph by Chris Newbert/Minden Pictures. Wallpaper available here. Sent in by Debbie G. ;)

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ADORABUHLS! Very prosh and iridescent!!

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 12:24 PM

He's red, white and blue!

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 12:29 PM

It looks like he wants a keess! What a cutie!

- sas <-- personifies Rule #38

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 01:08 PM

Cute little electric dumpling fishie!:D
He reminds me of a samosa!

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 01:14 PM


"mom i want a fish like this"
"woah what is that?"
"that looks like a mouse with some kind of swim suit"

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 01:20 PM

It's a shame rule #38 is a perfect example of a kitten with intestinal worms...

I should know, my kittens are being treated for them right now and they have 'cute' distended bellies.

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 01:21 PM

It's a shame people feel compelled to post irrelevant, nuff-like comments.

warrior rabbit
 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 01:25 PM

I'm so sorry about your kittens, bikuki! May they feel much better soon and be worm-free!

As for Mr. Rule #38, he is ANERABUHLS!!!

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 01:27 PM


 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 01:28 PM

Wow, I LOVE creatures like that! Things that are translucent or have bioluminescence - just the most awesome creatures around. Nothing on another planet can be weirder than some of the things in our ocean. And if they happen to be this cute with a name even prosher than we could come up with, all the better. Thanks a bunch Meg!

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 01:34 PM

Thanks for the new desktop image!

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 01:35 PM


I was thinking the same thing Estlin. Time to replace the prarie dogs.

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 01:42 PM

He looks like bees made him.

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 01:43 PM

Wow, when you look at the National Geographic link, it seems the majority of these shimmering creatures come from the Waddell Sea off Antarctica. Who knew such delicate things could live in such a cold place!

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 01:49 PM

He looks like he's made of spun glass. How lovely!

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 02:01 PM

He looks like he's made of bubble wrap. Cute!

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 02:23 PM

How big is he/she?

Katie Reese
 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 02:24 PM

I think he looks like he's wearing bubble wrap!

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 02:26 PM

Why, this is just like the hammie below, except he's blue!

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 02:56 PM

I love these little fish! so funny :)

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 03:20 PM

ps I wish to see how he/she swims!

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 03:21 PM

"Take me to your leader."


 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 03:37 PM

In patriotic colors for the Fourth.

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 04:43 PM

Adorable! He looks like he's all just floating around in the big blue (black).

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 05:10 PM

I love his hexagons! and yes, he DOES look like a samosa. *chomp*

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 08:51 PM

Once again, the undersea world dazzles and delights.

 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 09:00 PM



 |  Jul 04, 2008 at 10:11 PM

so cute. rofl about the samosa comment.

 |  Jul 05, 2008 at 12:19 AM

maybe he's really made on a chickenwire base?

 |  Jul 05, 2008 at 12:20 AM

SO CUTE! He does look like a blue cow jumpin' over some moon! Love NatGeo.

ROFL @ "He reminds me of a samosa!" I come from Samosa-land and that didn't strike me until I read that!


 |  Jul 05, 2008 at 12:53 AM

@warrior rabbit
I don't think it's fair that people find an unwell kitten cute - I would have posted it in the rule #38 comments but somehow all the comments about worms seem to have been deleted and the comments locked in the post...

 |  Jul 05, 2008 at 01:13 AM

My 3 kitties are threatening to leave forever unless I put that picture of *them* back as my desktop wallpaper!

Sorry cattens, but for now it´s got to be this cute fishie on my screen! :D

 |  Jul 05, 2008 at 02:22 AM

Hahah, cowfish over the moon! I couldn´t help myself and do this with one of my moon photos - somebody suggest captions, please LOL! ;)


 |  Jul 05, 2008 at 02:34 AM

The Beautiful Blue Roundbelly Cowfish aka Mr. Rule #38! be tilting his noggin just a bit 'non? Could this be this fish version of a "Baroo"? I think so...let's try it..."Hey, Mr. Rule #38!"...head tilts the other way when name is called...

 |  Jul 05, 2008 at 02:55 AM

hehehe... he looks like he is made of chicken wire and jelly fish lol

 |  Jul 05, 2008 at 04:00 AM

someone may have blown him (not like that) with a bottle of mr. bubbles and then he just flittered away with his tiny fins.

he actually looks kind of menacing, and almost makes me wish that he had eyebrows so that he could be furrowing them.

 |  Jul 05, 2008 at 08:14 AM

and also, he looks like he is composed of plant cells. /nerd

 |  Jul 05, 2008 at 08:18 AM

Ok, not sure how many of you will get the reference, but my boyfriend has a three year old that watches Little Bill.

This little guy reminds me of the tiny alien when Little Bill and Captain Brainstorm go to another planet.

"Frieeeeend." *big grin*

Little dude was too cute! And so is this one!

 |  Jul 05, 2008 at 10:28 AM

kitties with bellies fulla milk have that nice round belleh, too. Not all fat kitten bellies are due to worms.

 |  Jul 05, 2008 at 02:39 PM

He's made of bubble rap, please do not start popping him.

Hon Glad
 |  Jul 05, 2008 at 04:59 PM

Bubble rap
bubb-bubble rap
Bubble rap
bubba-bubble rap


**hangs head in shame**

 |  Jul 05, 2008 at 05:42 PM

He says to his therapist:

"I feel like people can see right through me".

*rolling eyes at own self*

 |  Jul 06, 2008 at 03:53 PM

I love cowfish!! They all look like little spaceships. :)

 |  Jul 07, 2008 at 02:31 PM

Our little friend is the star of a Photoshop contest on Fark right now:


Not That Mike The Other Mike
 |  Jul 09, 2008 at 08:54 AM

its eyes shine the eyes r sooo big hes like see through one time i went to pet smart and this clear fish was there and u could see its heart and organs ewwwwwwwwwww and cool

 |  Nov 18, 2008 at 12:33 PM

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