Schmidt Ocean Institute scientists have discovered an bizarre creature off the eastern Indian Ocean in the remote western coast of Australia. The scientific name for this organism is Apolemia, or a type of siphonophore in the deep-sea environment known as the Ningaloo Canyons. It preys on tiny crustacean and fish using its array of stinging cells on their tentacles. Read more for a video and additional information.
This creature is relate to jellyfish and resembles a long piece of silly string. It may appear to be one organism, but it’s actually made up of many thousands of individual, specialized clones that come together to form a single entity.
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I’ve gone on numerous expeditions and have never, EVER, seen anything like this,” she wrote in a tweet. “THIS animal is massive. AND not just massive, the colony is exhibiting a stunning behavior: it’s hunting,” said Dr. Rebecca Helm, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina.