A quick google-search I did suggests that sea spiders (scientific name Chelicerata) belong to the same group of Arthropods as arachnids, and so are closely related, but constitute a separate subdivision of animal. If I understand correctly.
Thank you. I now officially know what I want to be in my next life. (Giant sea spider, giant sea spider, no whammies, stop!)
But on a somewhat unrelated note, after watching the video: is “funny dangly bits” a technical term? I’m kind of hoping that it is. That way I’d be able to introduce it into conversations with a completely straight face.
Well, i guess the gist of it was that i love people who wish dearly to reincarnate as sea organisms. I know that in the path of samsara when i come back as a eagle ray i will be doing great.
Also, those tunicates were totally awesome! I was under the impression that they did not have much of skeletal structure or support, their tests were made of sillica i presume? or maybe cellulose? One question i do have (which came up last semester while we were studying about hydrothermal vent organisms) is if the lights used to look at such animals does them harm? If so, i do understand the excitement and importance of studying these animals, and i would not suggest we stop….but i am just curious.
Thanks for always providing me with news of sea goodness guys!