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Top: Siphonophores are colonial animals. They challenge us to think about what it means to be individual as the zooids are all attached to each other rather than living independently. They do not come together to form a colony, but arise by budding from the first zooid. Each individual has a specific job. They gather food through stinging tentacles. x

Bottom: The barreleye has eyes that can rotate within a transparent, fluid-filled shield on its head. The eyes point upward when the fish is looking for food overhead from the siphonophores from which they feed from. They point forward when the fish is feeding. The two spots above the fish’s mouth are analogous to human nostrils. The shield around their eyes help protect them from stings from the siphonophore. x

The bottom one still freaks me out. 

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