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Did you know jelly fish are immortal? True or false?

Jack's Pearl 2012/11/14 18:39:25
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I was reading the definition of death by Wilkipedia and they made this statement:

One of the very few known possible exceptions is the jellyfish
Turritopsis nutricula, thought to be, in effect, immortal.[5]

Wow! Didn't know this.
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  • Distant Drums of Wilhelm 2014/05/04 01:45:31
    True
    Distant Drums of Wilhelm
    hey can reproduce their organs. I saw it on Youtube.
  • kay29 2012/11/19 00:52:55 (edited)
    True
    kay29
    +1
    The turritopsis nutricula seems to be, which is interesting....but most just get washed up on the beach.
  • PandoraBoxe 2012/11/17 16:28:29
    False
    PandoraBoxe
    +1
    seen too many dead ones on the beach!
  • MellaD 2012/11/15 02:24:58
    False
    MellaD
    +1
    they die
  • ImageBandit ~ American Patriot 2012/11/15 00:19:44
    False
    ImageBandit ~ American Patriot
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    no unicorns are immortal - they just look like jellyfish since the red bull chased them into the sea
  • Jack's ... ImageBa... 2012/11/15 00:20:36
    Jack's Pearl
    +1
    Yum, jellyfish, if left untouched, are immortal. Pretty cool! :)
  • disclaimer 2012/11/14 22:01:59
    False
    disclaimer
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    Not all jellyfish. Certain jellyfish can cycle through their lives seemingly indefinitely, but they're not immortal. A giant fish could eat them or something.
  • Jack's ... disclaimer 2012/11/15 00:06:55
    Jack's Pearl
    +1
    They could. But other wise they are immortal .
  • disclaimer Jack's ... 2012/11/15 06:54:45
    disclaimer
    +1
    They're still not exactly immortal. They don't just continue on living forever. They go back to their infant stage and progress through maturity again and again until something eats them.
  • Jack's ... disclaimer 2012/11/15 13:03:23
    Jack's Pearl
    +1
    Well, it does say, in effect, immortal.
  • Billy the kid 2012/11/14 21:32:11
    False
    Billy the kid
    +1
    Totally false. Every living thing on the planet has a FINITE life-span on this earth. Whether the life- form of that ''creature" be animal, human or whatever- and regardless how long that " life-span" may be- eventually the 'creature' will succumb to the 'forces of nature' from which it was created, i.e. "it" will die and therefore it can never be considered to be "immortal"....!!
  • Jack's ... Billy t... 2012/11/14 21:40:28
    Jack's Pearl
    If the jellyfish is not disturbed it can have an infinite lifetime. Just read about it. :)
  • Billy t... Jack's ... 2012/11/15 12:15:49
    Billy the kid
    Sorry,my good friend but I must still disagree with you,there! That is completely contrary to all I have read regarding the laws of nature! Not to worry, however. As the saying goes : "We shall just have to agree to disagree"...!!!
  • Guru_T_Firefly 2012/11/14 20:58:55 (edited)
    False
    Guru_T_Firefly
    +1
    Not all jellyfish are immortal. Turritopsis nutricula who begins life as a polyp, grows to adult size, then reverts to a polyp starting the whole cycle over and over again.
  • Jack's ... Guru_T_... 2012/11/14 21:14:56
    Jack's Pearl
    That's immortal.
  • C4TSMILEY Jack's ... 2012/11/15 00:24:37
    C4TSMILEY
    +1
    Not really. Immortal is usually defined as one being ageing forever but never dying, whereas these are cycling...
  • Jack's ... C4TSMILEY 2012/11/15 00:26:04
    Jack's Pearl
    In some eyes. Yes.
  • C4TSMILEY Jack's ... 2012/11/15 02:33:49
    C4TSMILEY
    I suppose you could be correct as well, in some eyes :)
  • Guru_T_... Jack's ... 2012/11/15 03:43:27
    Guru_T_Firefly
    That's what I said, not all jellyfish are immortal, but the Turritopsis nutricula is.
  • k8elou 2012/11/14 20:57:50
    True
    k8elou
    +1
    If this is true, one day there's gonna be a lot of these things. That is really cool :)
  • Skylie 2012/11/14 20:50:00 (edited)
    False
    Skylie
    +1
    I know of the species and am aware of its ability to renew cells. However, it is not immortal, in the sense that it CAN die if ideal conditions are not met (if it is eaten, captured and/or brought out of the water, etc.). It's just "immortal", in the sense that if it were left in ideal conditions it would live, seemingly forever. Something truly immortal would lack the ability to succumb to death, that is something that no Earthling possesses.
  • Jack's ... Skylie 2012/11/14 21:13:04
    Jack's Pearl
    Anything can die then. But if left to itself it would go for an eternity.
  • Bacci 2012/11/14 20:45:44
    False
    Bacci
    +1
    I meant to hit True.
    There is a species of jelly fish that scientists do consider immortal. It can revert from a full grown adult, back to it's infant stage, and continue to recycle itself this way. As long as it's not captured, and stays in the water, it can live infinitely.
  • Jack's ... Bacci 2012/11/14 20:47:07
    Jack's Pearl
    +1
    I love it! It's a cool tidbit of info. :)
  • Bacci Jack's ... 2012/11/14 20:49:25
    Bacci
    +1
    It sure is, my son came home from school one day, and told me. I didn't believe him at first. lol
  • Keith 2012/11/14 20:03:09
    False
    Keith
    +1
    Neither humans or jellyfish are imortal.
  • Jack's ... Keith 2012/11/14 20:20:38
    Jack's Pearl
    +1
    That's not what this said. LOL Although it did say basically immortal.
  • Keith Jack's ... 2012/11/14 20:25:17
    Keith
    +1
    I guess I learned something new on Sodahead.
  • Jack's ... Keith 2012/11/14 20:45:52
    Jack's Pearl
    +1
    It's it cool! I just never would have guessed this about ANYTHING.
  • jimih67 2012/11/14 19:57:17
    False
    jimih67
    +1
    Anything can be killed. Drop it in a vat of acid and see how long it lives.
  • ☆Snapefangirl☆ 2012/11/14 19:39:01
    True
    ☆Snapefangirl☆
    +1
    The Turritopsis nutricula is immortal in the sense that it can't really die from old age. However if you take it out of water I'm pretty sure it will still die.

    I can't remember where I read this, and it might be false, but apparently certain species of turtles could also theoretically live forever.
  • Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO 2012/11/14 19:15:16
    False
    Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO
    +1
    I had to choose one ... but I did not know this or even if its true but it is interesting
  • the Supreme 2012/11/14 19:08:33
    False
    the Supreme
    +1
    i see dead jellyfish all the time!
  • Bacci the Sup... 2012/11/14 20:46:51
    Bacci
    +1
    There are different species of jelly fish.
  • the Sup... Bacci 2012/11/14 21:17:13
    the Supreme
    +1
    doesnt matter if they wash up on shore and dry out theyre dead
  • Bacci the Sup... 2012/11/14 21:19:46
    Bacci
    +1
    We are not talking about if that happens, we are talking about a certain species of jellyfish left alone,in their natural habitat. Of course if it's caught for the wrong reasons,or washes ashore, it won't live.
  • 001 2012/11/14 18:48:09
    False
    001
    +1
    'in effect' so not really immortal. If you stab it or dehydrate it, it's still going to die. But it can renew its cells infinately if I'm not mistaken, so they don't die of old age.
  • Lindy... 2012/11/14 18:45:30
    True
    Lindy...
    +1
    Amazing! And lobsters as well? Well, I'll be darned! You learn something new every day!
  • Jack's ... Lindy... 2012/11/14 18:46:51
    Jack's Pearl
    I don't know about lobsters.
  • Lindy... Jack's ... 2012/11/14 18:50:17
    Lindy...
    +1
    It says so in the link to the article you posted!

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