What the heck is this thing? A Salp of course!
January 23, 2014 7:30 AM Subscribe
posted by The Violet Cypher (28 comments total)
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Pictures have been going around of a small jelly like creature
a fisherman pulled into his boat off New Zealand. The creature has been identified as a salp most likely Thetys vagina
Salps may look like jellyfish but they are more closely related
Salps may even have a role to play in mitigating climat
e change by consuming ocean carbon during bloom phases and dropping that carbon to the ocean floor when the population crashes. So lets hear it for the lowly salp.
Salps are closely related to Pyrosomes
which can form large free swimming tubes
in the oceans.
Someone may need to page Ed Harris