Aug 05 2013

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: The 60 foot long jet powered animal you’ve all heard of by now

Lots of sites have been talking about this creature this weekend, so I’m late to the party…but stand in awe of the tentacular pyrosome now, if you haven’t already.

(via Deep Sea News)


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    b. - Order of Lagomorpha

    In most excellent cephalopod news, here in Washington, the state Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to ban the taking of the Giant Pacific Octopus in a bunch of locations. I’m hopeful that they’ll extend the ban to all locations in Washington.

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    definitely in the running for weirdest chordate.
    Ours is a pretty diverse phylum, morphoplogically I mean, as phyla go.

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    cm's changeable moniker (quaint, if not charming)

    (From the linked post.)

    Marine biologists? Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. ;-)

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    That is a heck of a thing.

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    John Phillips, FCD

    Nature never fails to amaze.

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    Andy Groves

    I for one welcome our new colonial tunicate overlords……. I just wish they had a better taste in music….

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    chigau (違う)

    Andy Groves…they don’t have fingers … I bet someone else picked the music…

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    Stupid science fiction animator! Start over. No one will believe something that weird!

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    I feel better about my never swimming already.

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    There are aliens on this planet, they live in the ocean.

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    I guess this disproves the whole shrinkage theory.

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    David Marjanović

    And keep in mind: that thing is more closely related to us than Branchiostoma.

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    How the hell does it stop being eaten?

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