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Divers Surprised by Gorgeous 'Feather Boa' of the Sea. And the Video Is Glorious.


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An undulating ribbon of silver surprised divers near northern New Zealand in October — but not so much that they couldn't get it on video.

The resulting film shows a floating "feather boa" of the sea, properly known as a pyrosome. The 26-foot-long (8 meters) tube is not a single creature, according to The Washington Post, but rather a colony of tiny creatures called tunicates.
This is a rarely seen biological phenomenon of microscopic organisms forming a free-floating colony made up of vast numbers of the same creature, called Pyrosoma spinosum. The softly bioluminescent tube was 26 feet long & is known as a pyrosome.

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