Glass Tulip, a huge worm in Antarctica

. Saturday, January 9, 2010
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Perhaps, you think things that stood below the sea is a kind of plant or perhaps a rock, and some even thought it was a poppy tunicate, however, this is actually an animal. The tunicates, which resemble glass tulips, are early colonizers of Antarctic regions have been disturbed by icebergs that explore the ocean floor as they passed. The animals among many mysterious creatures collected from the icy waters by scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division.




The Australian experts taking part in an international program to take a census of marine life in the sea at the southern end of the world from specimens collected up to 2000 meters below the surface, and said many may never have seen before. Three ships - Aurora Australis from Australia, France and Japan Astrolab's L'Umitaka Maru - returned recently from two months in the region as part of the cooperation of East Antarctic Marine Census. The work is part of a larger project to map the biodiversity of the world's oceans. French and Japanese ships for specimens from the mid-and upper-level environment, while the Australian ship plumbed deeper waters with remote-controlled cameras.

Among the creatures that seem strange that scientists see tunicates, plankton-eating animals that resemble slender glass structures up to three feet tall standing in fields like poppies. This study is part of an international project to take a census of Antarctic marine life. The plankton-eating tunicates grow up to 3.2 meters (1 meter) long, and filter food by pumping through an internal mesh structure. According to the scientists, this shaft is supported by pressure created by pumping them.

Via: nationalgeographic

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