Stunning Siphonophore Strikes Back
He's back! We spotted another Erenna Siphonophore, the star of our now famous clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KZsrDGLUJQ - Siphonophores start with one body, then grow by asexually producing many more small bodies that all remain attached. Each body is functionally specialized for particular tasks, such as feeding or reproduction. The complexity of how these bodies are specialized and organized in the colony far exceeds that of any other colonial animal
This cruise to the southern Lesser Antilles volcanic arc is part of the INSPIRE project, funded by NSF with the purpose of studying and improving telepresence for ocean exploration. Scientists will implement several student-designed exploration projects led from shore. Kick’em Jenny is the most active submarine volcano in the Caribbean Sea, and during the past century it has shown a history of progressive growth with explosive eruptions. Hazards include explosive eruptions that can breach the sea surface and the potential for tsunami generation.