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At First They Thought This Purple Thing Was Sea Garbage. The Truth Was Way More Amazing.

JULY 10, 2014

During an expedition in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers on the Ocean Exploration Trust’s EV Nautilus came across a weird-looking purple thing. At first, they thought it was garbage, but upon further inspection, they were able to determine that it was a siphonophore. Yes, a siphonophore--everyone’s soon-to-be favorite living colony. Take a look!

1. Garbage? That's no way to talk about a siphonophore.

2. What if they heard you? They'd probably all be so upset.

3. Yes, they. Siphonophores are made up of multiple creatures.

4. Some of them feed while others swim and none of them have to listen to you call them garbage!

via Huffington Post Check out the video for more siphonophormation. Seriously, garbage? You don't hear the siphonophore making fun of the organisms the researchers live with. Share this post using the button below.

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