Friday, January 29, 2010

Pandora-Like Disappearing Sea Plant

In the movie Avatar, there is a plant that disappears into the ground the instant it’s touched. The good news for those afflicted with Pandora Depression it that we have a similar plant organism, right here on Earth! The Sea Pen (a soft coral) expels water from its body when touched, so as to avoid being eaten.

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Jorge Candeias said...

The problem, of course, is that corals aren't plants, but animals.

FACM said...

And that aren't corals. They are polychaetes, a marine annelid worm.
See on Google "Christmas tree worms"

Anonymous said...

They are polychaetes, a marine annelid worm