Fauna Fact of the Day
Meet Turritopsis nutricula, the Benjamin Button of the sea or, as you probably know him, the immortal jellyfish. About as wide as a human pinky nail when fully grown, Turritopsis has quite the unique ability- although it typically reproduces and dies the old-fashioned way, when starvation, physical damage, or other crises arise, this little jellyfish has the ability to transform all of its cells back into a younger state. Turritopsis turns itself into a blob-like cyst, which then develops into a polyp colony, the first stage in jellyfish life. Through asexual reproduction, the resulting polyp colony can spawn hundreds of genetically identical jellyfish- perfect copies of the original adult.