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This Beautiful House Is Made of Snot

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Thanks again to MBARI and the Monterey Bay Aquarium for collaborating with us on this episode of SciShow. All of the amazing deep-sea video in this episode was taken with MBARI's remotely operated vehicles!

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These giant balls of mucus may seem like a bizarre sight in the open ocean, but all this snot serves a purpose, both for the tiny creatures that produce it and for the entire ocean ecosystem!

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Sources:
https://www.mbari.org/lasers-shed-light-on-the-inner-workings-of-the-giant-larvacean/
https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.1602374
https://doi.org/10.1111/dgd.12689
https://doi.org/10.1038/nrg.2016.39
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2018.09.004
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ydbio.2019.12.005

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/euthman/304334264/
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