Thursday, March 18, 2010

Earth Invaded By Immortals

I loved typing that title!

It is even more fun because it is actually TRUE

Turritopsis Nutricula The Immortal!

"Have you ever wondered what would happen if our life cycles
were reversed, that is if we were born old and died young? Well, there’s one animal that comes close and has achieved immortality in the process, just to top it off. Meet the Turritopsis nutricula, a small saltwater animal or hydrozoan related to jellyfish and corals. "

"Turritopsis nutricula most likely originated in the Caribbean but can now be found in the temperate to tropical regions in all of the world’s oceans, spreading further through the ballast water that ships discard in ports. According to Dr. Maria Pia Miglietta from the Smithsonian Tropical Marine Institute: “We are looking at a worldwide silent invasion.”

Read About it here. And Here. Or Here

A Yellow Belly Version

And here are the detailed cycles! Comprede?
Me neither.

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