Bizarre ‘Spaghetti Monster’ Discovered 4000 Feet Under Water
It may look like a wriggling bowl of worms turned upside down, but scientists have identified the creature as a species of bathyphysa conifera, in the order of the siphonophorae.
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Siphonophores are colonial animals which means that rather than a single organism this is actually a colony of thousands of individual zooids.
Each siphonophore begins as a single fertilized egg that reproduces by cloning itself.
"The creature appears spaghetti-like because the stem is contracted up so that all the feeding zooids are jam-packed together," Daniel Jones, a deep-sea ecology researcher, told The Huffington Post.
Feeding zooids. Shudder.
"To my knowledge this creature has only been observed a handful of times."
Forget sharks, we don’t think we’ll be going back into the water if there’s any danger of bumping into one of these freakish, self-cloning monstrosities.
By Shaun Cronin, Irish Examiner