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Fish Tank Friday: WTF Is That Thing

By Evan Ackerman

According to the resident OhGizmo marine biologist, the thing in the video above is what’s called a siphonophore. Although it looks like one single totally bizarre alien fish thing, it’s actually a colony of different individual invertebrate animals that live together as one single organism. Some of them sting, some of them glow, some of them digest, and some of them push it around and look all tentacley. Each part has become dependent on the other parts working together, making siphonophores a sort of weird hybrid between individuals and a single animal. That’s pretty cool, I guess, I just really hope I don’t ever find one crawling up out of my toilet.

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  • Jen

    Wow! Underwater Organic Borgs.

  • Jen

    Wow! Underwater Organic Borgs.

  • Jen

    Wow! Underwater Organic Borgs.