Nautilus Live - siphonophore

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At First, They Thought It Was an Old Tire. When These Scientists Got Closer, They Couldn’t Believe Their Eyes.

When deep sea explorers see something they can’t believe, you know it’s a big deal.

Researchers with the Nautilus Live expedition — a live-streamed deep sea exploratory mission — nearly passed right over a rare specimen floating along the sea floor.

The creature was later identified as a siphonophore: a superorganism that’s made up of a colony of smaller animals called zooids. You may remember the Portuguese Man-o-War, which is perhaps the most well-known type of siphonophore. Like jellyfish, these aquatic predators use their tentacles to capture prey. Of the 175 known species, some reach lengths of up to 40 meters.

Watch the rare footage here:




Edited by TheGrimmReefer

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Thought this was pretty cool. It amazes me how much we just don't know about the ocean and the crazy things that live in it. 

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Pretty interesting stuff.  After watching this one, of course since they mentioned the "man of war" being one of these type of creatures, I had to also watch that video.  Isn't nature incredible?  In the case of the PMOW, 4 distinct colonies all living and working together as 1 entity.  For this one, who knows how many.

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