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Insightful Thread About "Long Stringy Thingy" Discovered In The Ocean (Tweets)

It's scientifically called a "siphonophore Apolemia" but everyone is calling it the world's longest "long stringy stingy thingy."

Which, honestly, is way more catchy. 

International ocean researchers may have just discovered the longest living... thing... in the known world. Captured in a haunting video and explained upon in a Twitter thread by biologist Rebecca Helm, who specializes in studying jellyfish at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Helm calls the footage gave her "chills." Find out why below. 

discovery ocean twitter thread wtf tweets long stringy stingy thing | Open Ocean Exploration @RebeccaRHeIm Omg I have CHILLS. This is an ANIMAL I'm guessing it's over a hundred feet long, forming a spiral in the middle of the deep sea. I've gone on numerous expeditions and have never, EVER, seen anything like this. Let me tell you what this is and why it is blowing my mind
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Under The Sea Beauties (Gifs)

There's so much beauty under the sea. These creatures swim with just grace and can be so mesmerizingly colorful! 

Sure, it's slightly terrifying and there's so much unknown about the world below but that makes it all the more exciting! 

Let's take a quick dive and explore some of the treasures the deep blue has to offer! 

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Fun Website Allows to Scroll to the Bottom of the Ocean and Discover The Mysterious Creatures Living Deep Down

Did you know there are 409,543 named species in the deep ocean? 

Now you can get to know them better, thanks to this computer scientist, Neal Agarwal, who was inspire by the marine life and has developed a fun website that allows users to scroll down to discover the different animals and plant life that live at varying depths of the ocean.

As you move towards the bottom of the ocean floor, the website provides interesting facts and figures about marine life. 

For example: close to the ocean surface, at around 30 meters deep (98 feet), familiar fish such as the Atlantic salmon and the striped bass are seen, alongside the polar bear, who is known to dive to similar depths in order to hunt for food. Scrolling deeper reveals the killer whale at around 100 meters deep (328 feet), and the green sea turtle at around 170 meters (557 feet).

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U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Poor And Exhausted Pup Struggling In The Water

Thank you, U.S. Coast Guard for being there and caring for all living things! 

Off the coast of Florida, the crew stationed at Fort Byers received a call of a pup in distress and jumped into action! 

In a dramatic video, shared on the U.S. Coast Guard Twitter page, you see the boat carefully pull up alongside the stranded pup who is struggling to stay above water. The crew was able to reel the dog onto their boat and delivery the pooch back to shore -- and back to the owner. 

Story via NY Post

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A team of marine biologists just discovered that after recording a blue whale's heartbeat, that the world's largest creatures can survive on just two heartbeats per minute. 

How crazy is that?! 

The team suction-cupped a pulse monitor to the back of a blue whale off the California coast, in order to achieve this new data.

And when the blue whale grabbed a snack, its heart skipped a beat -- or 30. 

According to a new study, in the journal, 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,' "the simple act of catching a bite may push a blue whale's heart to its physical limits — and that could explain why no creatures larger than blue whales have ever been spotted on Earth." 

Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth. A blue whale adult can measure more than 100 feet long, which is equivalent to two school buses parked bumper-to-bumper. And as one would expect, It takes a big heart to power a creature that size. In 2015, one beached blue whale's heart weighed in at 400 pounds, equivalent to the size of a golf cart. 

As written on LiveScience, "According to the study authors; blue whales may have — now and forever — the hardest-working hearts on Earth".

Story via LiveScience

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Welcome To The The Ocean’s First Fertility Clinic

While they might be easily mistaken for rocks or plants, coral reefs are actually colonies of animals. These small but mighty creatures constitute one of Earth's oldest and most important ecosystems. But climate change threatens every one of coral's 800-plus species, all of which reproduce very infrequently. To fight back, Mary Hagedorn created the ocean's first fertility clinic—a global effort equipped with cryopreservation technology and a determined team of scientists. Story Via: Great Big Story

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Twitter Page With Videos Of All The Magnificent Creatures Living In The Ocean

The ocean is the biggest diversity of living things, plants, and aquatic animals. And this twitter page just brings us all this wonderful diversity in a collection of daily videos. 

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Why Sea Turtles Have Such A Problem With Plastic Bags In the Ocean

They have a problem with the plastic because of their anti-barfing spikes. Settle in, folks! Here is a short and helpful explanation on the unique structure of a sea turtles esophagus:

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These Adorable Turtle Hatchlings Need Help - Here's How To Do Your Bit

Turtles are amazing animals. They can be traced back to the time of dinosaurs, they usually live around 70 years (tortoises reach around 150 or more years), and they're super cute. Sadly, as human development reaches the quietest of beaches, some turtle hatchlings are having trouble finding the ocean because of the confusing lights. But it's not all bad news! As well as being the problem (sorry turtles), we can also be the solution. Keep on reading to learn how you can help your little flippered friends live to be wise old creatures. 

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When wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly went diving off of Falmouth, England, she didn't except to come across such an enchanting and slightly terrifying sight -- a humongous jellyfish!  

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How scary is that?! Dan Watson, photographer and father, captured something truly eerie when out flying his drone this past week, "See that dark shadow making its way straight for the shore & those people? That was my view this weekend while flying my Mavic 2 Pro… and oh, 3 of those people are my kids!"

Glad everyone was alright! 


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Dancing With Sharks: Spectacular Underwater Shots By Hawaiian Photographer

Juan Oliphant is a multi-talented photographer and ocean diver based in Haleiwa, Hawaii, United States. Juan focuses mainly on the ocean and underwater photography. He is also co-owner of One Ocean Diving and co-founder of Water Inspired Conservation Group. On his home page, he explains: "Photography is a tool, its the way I can speak up for them, a photo is worth more than a thousand words in every language, I try to capture as much feeling and evoke as much emotion as I try to evoke people to ask questions. I want to capture and share moments that start a conversation about the animals and the connection and relationship we have with them. I use my time, talents, and work around the world to help change people's fear of sharks into fascination and respect. I hope my images inspire you to take another look, questions perceptions, and join me to be the change to help save sharks and the ocean." For more, check out his beautiful instagram page.  

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The 2018 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest Announced Its Winning Photos And They're Breathtaking

The 2018 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition announced its winners this week. The amazing pictures of beautiful sea creatures including crown fish, whales and squids are good reminders on the importance of ocean preservation. The full list of winning pictures are displayed at Underwater Photography Guide.

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Track Dolphins, Sharks, Seals, And Turtles All In Real Time

We just stumbled upon one of the coolest websites! Ocearch shows the locations and travels of tagged sharks, porpoises, turtles and more, all in real time!

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32 Of The Most Bizarre Deep-Sea Creatures Discovered So Far (Infographic)

So many unknowns when it comes to the creatures hiding away in the depths of the ocean, but we know some things for sure! We know these interesting looking fellas exist and we know exactly which sea level depth to avoid, in order to never make eye-contact. 

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