This has to be one of the most bizarre entities on the planet! A team of divers stumbled upon this mysterious tube-like creature while filming seals off the coast of Tasmania. The divers reported that the tube glowed and drifted with the current.
So…what exactly is this thing?
This fascinating structure of the sea is known as a pyrosome. A pyrosome is not a singular living being but a colony of hundreds to even thousands of zooids.
Zooids belong in the “pelagic sea squirt” family and they work together to propel the colony through the water as they filter feed at the same time. They can grow up to 60 feet long and will only disband under threat or harsh conditions.
They may look super scary but they are harmless to humans and other sea creatures!
Watch the humble pyrosome in action in the video below.Whizzco