The amazing running sea lilly plant - video

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The amazing running sea lilly plant - video

Fancy meeting sea lilly running past when out for a swim? Its a pretty creepy looking "plant".

A relative of the starfish, crinoids are neither abundant nor well understood. Also known as "sea lilies" or "feather stars" the strange creatures consist of a mouthpart, feeding arms and generally have a stem that connects them to the sea floor.

Scientists have long known that crinoids were capable of moving themselves, albeit at a very slow pace, to outmaneuver predators such as sea urchins.

Their fastest speed had been clocked at .6 meters per hour, which means their entire existence is probably a lot like one of those dreams where you are being chased by something but can only move in slow-motion.

However, researchers viewing the sea floor in a submersible off Grand Bahama recorded astonishing footage of a stemmed crinoid practically galloping along the ocean floor.



Best video below ....

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By netchicken: posted on 8-5-2007

Here is what a sea lilly looks like when they are not running around the sea floor. An innocent looking plant, not unlike a sun flower.

From
 http://zooillogix.blogspot....

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By netchicken: posted on 8-5-2007








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