The largest animal is a marine

 The largest animal is a marine

    Researchers have discovered, off the coast of Australia, a unique creature, made up of thousands of organisms that form the different parts of its body.


    Not a whale, and far from being an animal that we see every day in our documentaries, the blue whale exceeds 33 meters, but this marine animal exceeds 45 meters, not as well known as our famous whale but much more mysterious , and full of secrets that researchers are trying to unlock with great difficulty!

    This species is called: The giant siphonophore (Praya dubia)

    it is an animal from the deep sea belonging to the order of siphonophores. This order is part of the phylum Cnidarians, a group of invertebrates which also include jellyfish. Source (Wikepedia).

    Last May: this species was discovered in Australia, Larger than a blue whale, no thicker than a broom handle.



    During a month-long scientific expedition aboard the Falkor, researchers had the opportunity to study the Ningaloo coral reef located off the coast of Australia. While exploring the underwater canyons, the researchers were surprised to film a strange filament. He was a giant siphonophore from the Apolemia family. The structure found measured 45 meters, enough to make it larger than a blue whale, the most imposing animal currently living on our planet, about thirty meters tall.

    "The discovery of a gelatinous rope of siphonophore - a floating colony of tiny individual zoids that clone themselves thousands of times into specialized bodies and that are linked together to work as a team - was only one of the unique discoveries among fish and marine invertebrates never recorded in Western Australia ", welcomed in a press release published on April 9, 2020 the Schmidt Ocean Institute. As incredible as it may seem, siphonophores are organisms made up of other organisms, thus forming a unique form of cnidarian. "Giant siphonophores, like all siphonophores, represent a set of highly specialized parts, explains on its site the Monterey Bay Aquarium, located in the United States. Some parts catch prey, others digest food, other parts reproduce and the others direct the action during swimming. " The aquarium recalls that if this disturbing organism (s) is large, it is however extremely thin, even "not much thicker than a broomstick".

    Source (Science and Future)


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