Saturday, November 8, 2014

Stunning siphonophore : marine biologists release incredible video of a borg-like sea creature

The video was captured by the Hercules diving craft, part of the Nautilus Live expedition,
which is exploring the creatures of the deep in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.
E/V Nautilus, the current ship of exploration of Titanic discoverer Dr. Robert Ballard,
is exploring the ocean studying biology, geology, archeology, and more. 
Watch LIVE video from the ocean floor. 

This beautiful colonial organism drifted past Hercules' cameras, and we followed it for as long as we could keep track.
They are made up of many smaller animals called zooids, and can be found floating around the pelagic zone in ocean basins around the world.
One famous siphonophore species is the deadly Portuguese Man O' War
"I can't believe that's a living thing!" declares one of the scientists watching this stunning underwater footage of a siphonophore.
The creature is not just one organism, but several that collectively serve various functions such as locomotion and even preying for food.

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