Sea squirts or ascidians are lovely little marine filter feeders. They have a larval tadpole stage, where the little guys disperse by swimming, and then they settle down, metamorphose, and spend the rest of their lives quietly sucking in sea water and filtering out small particles for food. They are soft, gooey little blobs that filter feed.
Except in Australia.
Everything seems to be toxic or dangerous in Australia. Newly discovered off the South Australian coast: carnivorous sea squirts. These creatures aren’t content with living on bacteria or debris — they function like a Venus fly trap, with a funnel shaped oral region on the end of a long stalk that snaps shut on small animals that touch it.
Do you guys think this is macho, or something? Does everything have to be trying to kill something else down under?