Giant Plastic Like Organism Spotted Floating In Australia

by | Apr 7, 2015 | Invertebrates, Photography, Science | 0 comments


I bet you are thinking what the heck is that thing? Is it a big tubular piece of plastic or is it a giant silicone siphon tube? But you may be surprised to know that it is in fact a Pyrosome, whose name means ‘fiery body’. And while it looks like one large creature (or a large plastic tubing), it is actually a colony comprised of many little creatures called Zooids. Each Zooid is only a few millimeters in size, but they are embedded in gelatinous tunic that holds all the Zooids together. Each Zooid contains a pair of light organs, which make the colony appear bio-luminescent. “One long Pyrosome is actually a collection of thousands of clones, with each individual capable of copying itself and adding to the colony,” writes marine biologist Rebecca Helm in Deep Sea News. This footage was captured in Tasmania, Australia. .MORE

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    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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