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Mysterious Sea 'Worm' Spotted Near New Zealand | National Geographic

Mysterious Sea 'Worm' Spotted Near New Zealand | National Geographic



It’s called a pyrosome—a free-flowing colony of individual organisms known as zooids.
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Two divers filming off the coast of New Zealand spotted something that looked like an enormous plastic bag. Upon closer inspection, the divers discovered that it was an eight-meter long, translucent sea “worm.” It’s called a pyrosome, and it is a free-flowing colony of individual organisms called zooids. Zooids are small multicellular organisms that filter feed by pumping water through their bodies and catching plankton. The pyrosome can be as small as a centimeter or as big as the one in this video. At night, they swim up to the surface to feed, and when the sun comes up, they dive back into the depths.

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26 comments

  1. A pyrosome is a free-flowing colony of hundreds or thousands of individual organisms called zooids. To learn more, you can read on here: https://on.natgeo.com/2BRuGNH

  2. Ah. Another video to reinforce my hydrophobic fear.

  3. I'm done with these animals lmao

  4. lowkey terrifying…
    subnautica has influenced me enough…

  5. We should just take Bikini Bottom and PUSH IT SOMEWHERE ELSE!

  6. I wanna slap it silly ;-;

  7. Awesome. I'm still be amazed at the discoveries National Geographic finds!

  8. Será que é um parasita gigante

  9. All I can think of is that episode of spongebob 😂

  10. Ahh yes, the Pyrosome. Also known as the Hefty Trash Bag in layman's terms.

  11. When a garden worm crawls into a puddle and it just keeps raining.

  12. Just when u thought you've seen it all.

  13. So many things we dont know about and thats on this earth im sure the cure to many diseases are in the ocean and or space hidden in comets and other moon rocks.

  14. Its name condominusgigantus.

  15. A whale detoxed a tape worm!

  16. They should add this in subnautica

  17. I wonder how its texture feels like.

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