These stunning photos are on display at the Seattle Aquarium in a new exhibit, featuring the work of scientist & artist Adam Summers. The fish’s tissues have been stained with dye, a technique that is often used in the lab. But when perfected, it can also create gorgeous art.
One thing that makes fish particularly beautiful when dyed this way is that they are very complex—in some ways, more so than people:
For instance, fish have a lot more bones than, say, mammals. A person has over 200 bones in all, while there are 200 bones just in a fish’s head and the start of its vertebral column, Summers says. “That level of sort of repetitiveness draws the eye. It’s kinda cool.”
See more photos at National Geographic.