Sea Creature or Entrails?

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SEA CREATURE OR ENTRAILS!!!

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I’m your host Dr. M and let me introduce our first video trivia question brought to you by Neatorama. In the video below we witness a container full of water with a pulsing series of tubes!  Our team of DSN crack experts found this information associated with the video

Found on April the 19th, 2011 @Kiel, Germany during works at the docks by empoyees of the port. The thing was captured and then brought to the IFM-Geomar-Institute, it is unclear what it is. Suggestions are welcome.

Contestants are you ready to answer? Is it wormy sea creature from the great depths or just entrails?

The answer is……..entrails. What you see in the video is actually freshly removed intestine, likely from a pig, the webbing in between is actually the mesentery, a double layer of membrane that contains blood vessels, lymph vessels, and nerves and connects the two parts of the small intestine. It is not a pulsing sea creature from the deep.

 

Congratulations to all those contestants who answered correctly in this episode of everyone’s favorite game!

SEA CREATURE OR ENTRAILS!!!

Dr. M (1622 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.





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4 comments on “Sea Creature or Entrails?
  1. It’s obviously entrails, but why is it pulsing? It looks like there’s something in there with it, maybe a fish or something, but it’s really hard to tell.

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