Japanese artist Iori Tomita turns these little creatures of the sea into bright translucent pieces of art. He calls his process “New World Transparent Specimens” and the intensive process can take up to 5 months for a complete piece. It gives us an interesting, albiet unusual look inside these aquatic creatures.
“Tomita first removes the scales and skin of fish that have been preserved in formaldehyde. Next he soaks the creatures in a stain that dyes the cartilage blue. Tomita uses a digestive enzyme called trypsin, along with a host of other chemicals, to break down the proteins and muscles, halting the process just at the moment they become transparent but before they lose their form. The bones are then stained with red dye, and the brilliant beast is preserved in a jar of glycerin.”