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Dec 16 2013

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Everyone’s gotta love a salp

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  1. 1
    ChasCPeterson

    our gelatinous cousins!

  2. 2
    koncorde

    Looks like Babylon 5.

  3. 3
    Trebuchet

    I think that’s a deep space invasion craft coming our way. It’s clearly hundreds of kilometers long.

  4. 4
    Trebuchet

    Having now clicked the link, I read this:

    In a surprising new finding, scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed that the salps’ nets are remarkably engineered to catch extremely small particles that scientists assumed would easily slip through the 1.5-micron holes in the nets.

    (My bold)

    Sounds like WHOI is channeling the Discovery Institute!

  5. 5
    fabianocaccin

    That’s no salp. It’s a space station.

  6. 6
    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    This is very interesting, but the headline’s a little inaccurate: the smallest & most abundant organisms in the ocean are viruses, at several million per cubic centimetre.

  7. 7
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @fabianocaccin:

    Y’know, I’m beginning to think you’re right…

  8. 8
    ChasCPeterson

    whatever viruses are, they ain’t ‘organisms’.

  9. 9
    gardengnome

    Actually it looks more like a General Products #3 Hull (with customer modifications).

  10. 10
    affirmedatheist

    I, for one, welcome our spacefaring gelatinous overlords.

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