Animal of the day – 12/27/2011 – The Immortal Jellyfish

Turritopsis nutricula

The animal of the day is the Turritopsis nutricula aka the Immortal Jellyfish. (Did you know: This jellyfish is considered immortal beacause after it reaches sexual maturity and makes some babies, it can revert back into a polyp form of itself!

This polyp form can then regrow into another sexually mature jellyfish and continue the whole cycle over again.

These guys are being studied in how they’re able to completely change their cell structure to undergo such a dramatic reversal!

 

 

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