Jan 3 2009WTF Was That!?!: Deep-Sea Siphonophore

This is a video of a deep-sea (770-meters to be exact) siphonophore doing its thing. What the f*** is a siphonophore?

...an eerily fantastic creature that appears to be a single, large organism, but which is actually a colony of numerous individual jellyfish-like animals that behave and function together as a single entity. The individual units, called zooids, all share the same genetic material and each perform a specialized role within the colony. The best-known siphonophore is the poisonous Portuguese Man o' War.

Mmmm, I can almost taste the wasabi and soy sauce from here.

Siphonophore: Deep-sea superorganism [pinktentacle]

Thanks to Jack, a personal friend who knows I'm a sucker for new sushi.

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Damnit!!! I for sure thought I'd be first this time!

Awesome. Love the ocean, creatures are a bit weird though.

is it just me or does that look like something from the X Files?!?...

the music sounds like porcupine tree, and that thing was f'uckin' sexy!

the shadows are all wrong! a worthless photo shop job!
Did anyone else notice the video was taken back on April 14th 1991..and we're just now seeing this video????

*Siver* Creepy as hell....

gooey and chewy

it's the FSM!


This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its a fake because the shadow's are all wrong.

This is exactly like that scene in the movie Never Back Down where Max is breeding intelligent sharks for the government and they get out of control, and start attacking men. Max is able to defeat them with the help of Mace Windu and Marcus Ridley.

Anyone know what is playing in the background?

I want one. I would keep it in my pool...though the chlorine would probably kill it

@ 12 I think it is porcupine tree. But I have no evidence of this, and I'm too lazy to search for it.

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.

I ate that in a Vegas sushi place once...

elmo you twit that was squid you ate

@12 sounds an awful lot like Zombi.
Check 'em out.

1. How the hell did this site get permission to show a video of my wife?
2. F*** dat fat!
3. Pass tha hot sauce!
4. Gimme a snorkel, I'm goin' in!


This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its fake because the shadow's are all wrong.

This is copied in minute detail from a scene in the movie Tender Dracula where Dracula becomes the nanny of two children in post world war two victorian England. Dracula shows them some magic tricks and takes them into a chalk drawing, all the while singing.
The fun ends when the bobby's of scotland yard discover two exsanguined corpses hanging in the toy cupboard.

"What the f*** is a siphonophore? "

Duh... everyone knows siphonophores are are composed of medusoid and polypoid zooids that are morphologically and functionally specialized. Each zooid is an individual, but their integration with each other is so strong that the colony attains the character of one large organism. Indeed, most of the zooids are so specialized that they lack the ability to survive on their own. Siphonophorae thus exist at the boundary between colonial and complex multicellular organisms. Also, because multicellular organisms have cells which, like zooids, are specialized and interdependent, siphonophores may provide clues regarding their evolution

15 My thoughts exactly

Oh...I thought it was MAKING the music. That would have been cool.

FUnky music? are they doing something... funky??

Is this thing like 4 feet or like 20 feet it's hard to tell and they don't make any mention of it in the article. Anybody know?


Nice job basically repeating what the GW already had in his article, except using larger words.


This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its fake because the shadow's are all wrong.


This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its fake because the shadow's are all wrong.

Hehe, it's Davy Jones's bastard son…

Ok, I can't see the video here at work but just from the description it sounds like the Borg Collective. For those that have seen it, should I be afraid?

it's a baby cloverfield monster!

It's dead...the Japs would have killed it all in the name of Science then touted it as having magical qualities by increasing their 4 inch dicks to 5 inches by having it cooked in whale blubber and have it accompanied with soy sauce and rice!

The video looks like someone watching three squids work a stripper pole.

i like the circle of the nipple


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