Tuesday, February 14, 2006

I'm Going to This Planet...

From Alien Animal Planet, via Wired.


Distinguishing Features: Tendons along this manta ray-like creature's rear control its airfoil shape, letting it ride the wind currents. Tendrils dangling from multiple mouths haul in the giant insects that hover near pagoda crowns, while a long, fleshy cord keeps the kite tethered to the canopy.

Closest Earth Cousin: Jellyfish, which depend on ocean currents for lateral movement and feed on small fish and plants that become trapped in their tentacles.


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