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Great Galloping Crinoids: Lilylike sea animal takes a brisk walk

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9:55pm, October 18, 2005

A video has caught an underwater animal, which looks like a flower, practically jogging along the ocean bottom.

The stalked crinoid spends most of its time sitting and catching food with the flowerlike wheel of feathery arms that have earned it and its relatives the nickname sea lilies. Scientists had known for decades that stalked crinoids sometimes move—but barely. They had been clocked at speeds no greater than 0.6 meter per hour.

Now, however, a video from a submersible dive off Grand Bahama Island reveals a speed demon, says Tomasz Baumiller of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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