Filed under “What the hell is that?”

Siphonophore

Pilots of ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) are always getting to see cool stuff in the ocean depths, but this one takes the cake. Tentatively identified as a siphonophore — a collective group of organisms operating as a single entity — it’s an awesome purple in color and a shape like I’ve never seen before. Neither had the ROV operators, whose voices can be heard in this video saying things like, “I can’t believe that’s a living thing.”

The best part of operating ROVs is that we get to see creatures like this alive, well, and moving about in their native environment, rather than bringing up limp, dead, colorless bodies from the depths and trying to figure out what they were. I love “leave no trace” science. (Except for those glaring lights, but I don’t think those really faze a siphonophore.)

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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3 Responses to Filed under “What the hell is that?”

  1. Lisa Shaw says:

    Siphonophore, my eye. Clearly that is a dust mop or possibly a California Car Duster that has gone native in the watery depths. Probably escaped from a Disney movie or something. 😉

  2. You might also enjoys this extra long video about a well preserved giant squid.

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