I be the Witch of the Wood
A lot happened this month which made me not able to make time for myself and work. I strained my mental energy but that's ok, that's life and it is worth it, as long as it doesn't become a habit 😊 my body was also so kind to delay the cycle longer than usual so I was able to to do more than I usually would around that time. How fortunate!
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Turritopsis dohrnii are called immortal jellyfish because they can potentially live forever. Jellyfish start life as larvae, before establishing themselves on the seafloor and transforming into polyps. These polyps then produce free-swimming medusas, or jellyfish.
Mature Turritopsis dohrnii are special in that they can turn back into polyps if they are physically damaged or starving, according to the American Museum of Natural History, and then later return to their jellyfish state.
The jellyfish, which are native to the Mediterranean Sea, can repeat this feat of reversing their life cycle multiple times and therefore may never die of old age under the right conditions, according to the Natural History Museum in London.
Turritopsis dohrnii are tiny — less than 0.2 inches (4.5 millimeters) across — and are eaten by other animals such as fish or may die by other means, thus preventing them from actually achieving immortality.
A Turritopsis immortal jellyfish off the coast of Palm Beach in Florida, U.S.
Image credit: Blue Planet Archive
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