I came across a sea creature called a Pyrosome. The more I learn about our world, the more amazed I am at the variety of strange, mysterious, and fascinating things there are. The author of Deep Sea News wrote about this strange creature:
If the Borg and the Clone Wars had a baby it would be a pyrosome. One long pyrosomes is actually a collection of thousands of clones, with each individual capable of copying itself and adding to the colony. And unlike members of the Borg, which are mentally connected, pyrosome members are physically connected– actually sharing tissues. And while the Borg live in a big scary ship, pyrosomes are the big scary ship. The whole colony is shaped like a giant thimble with a point on one end and an opening on the other, and in some species this opening can be up to 6 feed (2 meters) wide–large enough to fit a full grown human inside. Under normal circumstances, this sort of thing would scare the crap out of me.
But the pyrosome I found was cute. No larger than a jellybean. As I looked closer, I realized I could see right through it. Right into the guts. Each little “wire basket” is the stomach of one member of the colony. They take water in through a mouth on the outside of their space-ship body, pass it through the little basket to filter out the nom bits, and squirt water out the other end, into the big hollow space in the middle. Pyrosomes look terrifying, but like many giants of the sea, they’re actually filter feeders.
Here is a video showing the graceful movement of a pyrosome:
To read more about pyrosomes, click here: Deep Sea News