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Siphonophore

This fiery image was captured off the coast of Del Mar, Calif. last month by a camera aboard the remotely operated vehicle Jason, which had been deployed from Scripps Institution of Oceanography research vessel Sally Ride.

 

It's not a shower of sparks or someone burning steel wool, but an underwater photo of a siphonophore, a colony organism.

 

"While they look like jellyfish, they are actually colonies of specialized individuals – some sting, capture, and digest prey (the dangling tentacles in the picture), while others, like the barrel-shaped ones in the lower right, provide locomotion," writes Melissa Miller in this post about the cruise.

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Uploaded on January 19, 2017