The creature you saw was a Siphonophore. It is a colonial organism
made of a number of individuals, similar to the Portugese Man-O-War.
What you probably saw, although I have not seen the movie, is Praya
sp., or the 'Giant Siphonophore'. In a recent conversation with Bruce
Robinson at MBARI, he suggested they can reach in excess of 40m.
On Apr 4, 2005, at 5:22 AM, gmark at svs.com wrote:
> I recently saw an IMAX film about life in the deep sea, and
> it mentioned a creature (or cluster of creatures or something)
> that was the size of a football field. It was very, very deep, and
> some sort of collaborative collection of other creatures. It was
> called something like "cyphono-form" or "siphonaform" ro
>> Anyone recall?
Craig R. McClain, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
email: mcclainc at unm.edu
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