Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Real Immortal Animal: There can be only one! CHTHULU???


So apparently this jelly fish is practically immortal.... it can grow to a full adult, then it can cycle back into a newborn polyp....  check out the article here.... I found this on metafilter.com

The turritopsis nutricula species of jellyfish may be the only animal in the world to have truly discovered the fountain of youth.
Since it is capable of cycling from a mature adult stage to an immature polyp stage and back again, there may be no natural limit to its life span. Scientists say the hydrozoan jellyfish is the only known animal that can repeatedly turn back the hands of time and revert to its polyp state (its first stage of life).

The funniest part about this article to me is this quote

Because they are able to bypass death, the number of individuals is spiking. They're now found in oceans around the globe rather than just in their native Caribbean waters.  "We are looking at a worldwide silent invasion," says Dr. Maria Miglietta of the Smithsonian Tropical Marine Institute.

For some reason this makes me think that maybe this jellyfish is really small units of Chthulu that will form like voltron one day once they get to a large enough number....










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