It's Science! Hydrodynamically Silent Jellyfish Awesome by Dave Bry June 8, 2012 Here is the new Sigur Rós video, the third in the “Mystery Film Experiment” series they’re making to accompany the music on their new album, Valtari, which I spent some of yesterday listening to and enjoying. No, this video is not that. It is a video Scientific American made of Mnemiopsis leidyi comb jellies at the New England Aquarium. The pulsing strings of things that look like Christmas lights are tiny cilia that propel the creatures through the water without making ripples that would scare away the plankton that they eat. As Mark Fischetti tells it, “The comb jelly is the ultimate ‘hydrodynamically silent’ predator.” Awesome! (Except that after being transported by shipping balast to the Black Sea, where they have no natural predators, they have eaten all the plankton there, effectively destroying the ecosystem. Bummer.) facebook twitter google+ pinterest email Dave Bry lives in New York with his wife and kid. His is the author of Public Apology. Read more by Dave Bry on The Awl Expect4DogPicklesPharmacy comb jellies mark fischetti Mnemiopsis leidyi Scientific American Sigur Rós Video crop chef Syrup the Fruit Culture (and TV) Arca, "Washed Clean" Resentments Here's the Email Everyone Got about Fusion CEO Isaac Lee and All His Buddies at Work service journalismism A Guide to Defending Your Industry self help Do You Still Feel Dissatisfied? country time Baptism by Song listicles without commentary 'Let Me Down Easy' in Order of Easiness mad men lol The Startling Humanism of 'Mad Max: Fury Road'