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Wed Mar 2, 2016, 10:02 PM

At First, They Thought It Was an Old Tire. When These Scientists Got Closer, They Couldnít Believe..


http://blog.therainforestsite.com/nautilus-siphonophore-discovery/?

When deep sea explorers see something they canít believe, you know itís a big deal.

Researchers with the Nautilus Live expedition ó a live-streamed deep sea exploratory mission ó nearly passed right over a rare specimen floating along the sea floor.

The creature was later identified as a siphonophore: a superorganism thatís made up of a colony of smaller animals called zooids. You may remember the Portuguese Man-o-War, which is perhaps the most well-known type of siphonophore. Like jellyfish, these aquatic predators use their tentacles to capture prey. Of the 175 known species, some reach lengths of up to 40 meters.

Watch the rare footage here:



Published on Jun 27, 2014
NAUTILUS LIVE 2014 | E/V Nautilus, the current ship of exploration of Titanic discoverer Dr. Robert Ballard, is exploring the ocean studying biology, geology, archeology, and more. Watch http://www.nautiluslive.org for LIVE video from the ocean floor. For dive updates follow along on social media at http://www.facebook.com/nautiluslive and http://www.twitter.com/evnautilus on Twitter.

This beautiful colonial organism drifted past Hercules' cameras, and we followed it for as long as we could keep track. They are made up of many smaller animals called zooids, and can be found floating around the pelagic zone in ocean basins around the world. One famous siphonophore species is the deadly Portugese Man O' War.

We would like to credit Wikipedia for the information read aloud toward the end of the video.

About Us:

The Ocean Exploration Trust was founded in 2008 by Titanic discoverer Dr. Robert Ballard to engage in pure ocean exploration. Our international programs center on scientific exploration of the seafloor and many of our expeditions are launched from aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, a 64-meter research vessel operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust. In addition to conducting scientific research, we offer our expeditions to explorers on shore via live video, audio, and data feeds from the field. We also bring educators and students of all ages aboard during E/V Nautilus expeditions, offering them hands-on experience in ocean exploration, research, and communications.

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Reply At First, They Thought It Was an Old Tire. When These Scientists Got Closer, They Couldnít Believe.. (Original post)
Omaha Steve Mar 2016 OP
hatrack Mar 2016 #1
2naSalit Mar 2016 #2
Omaha Steve Mar 2016 #12
3catwoman3 Mar 2016 #3
leftcoastmountains Mar 2016 #4
SoapBox Mar 2016 #5
OnyxCollie Mar 2016 #6
Beakybird Mar 2016 #7
spanone Mar 2016 #8
SHRED Mar 2016 #9
Goblor Mar 2016 #10
G_j Mar 2016 #11
Hortensis Mar 2016 #13
Liberal_in_LA Mar 2016 #14
madokie Mar 2016 #15
Omaha Steve Mar 2016 #18
chade Mar 2016 #16
annabanana Mar 2016 #17

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Mar 2, 2016, 10:09 PM

1. VERT cool!

Thanks for the post.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Mar 2, 2016, 10:57 PM

2. Wow!

Okay, I learned something cool today!

Thanks OS!


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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 12:13 PM

12. Your welcome


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 12:01 AM

3. Bookmarking for later.

Sounds very interesting.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 12:02 AM

4. Amazing!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 12:02 AM

5. Whoa.....

That is soooo weird.

Thank you OS.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 12:04 AM

6. Freaky.

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 12:04 AM

7. I enjoyed. Thanks

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 12:07 AM

8. k&r....

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 12:15 AM

9. Life will continue

 

Even after we've messed up the surface.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 12:15 AM

10. Has my vote! n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 12:24 AM

11. wow (x2)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 01:21 PM

13. Thank you, Steve. I loved reading about this.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 08:43 PM

14. I am glad they didnt kill it and put it in a jar

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 08:54 PM

15. Thank you Steve

You bring us some of the most interesting posts. I love you for taking the time to educate us on the not our normal encounters in our everyday lives.

You simply ROCK

Peace

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Response to madokie (Reply #15)

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 10:45 PM

18. Part of the reason I added Wizard to my JPR ID


And I have a room just for this kind of stuff there: http://jackpineradicals.org/forumdisplay.php?39-The-Wizard-Room

Once the primary's are over, I will have a lot more stuff like this like I used to do.

OS

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 10:17 PM

16. My favorite part of the video

Is how excited and enthusiastic the scientists are! Infectious positivity. This video totally made my day, Omaha Steve!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 10:29 PM

17. Thanks Steve--- I LOVE this stuff!. . .n/t

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