Monday, February 9, 2015

Salpa Maggiore: See-through Sea Salps

I was just reading an article about how a fisherman stumbled upon a bizarre sea creature swimming close to the surface, in water north of New Zealand. It was see-through and/or translucent, and it evidently threw the guy for a loop (confused him), going by what I read. While being dumbfounded by it all, he captured it. This weird-looking critter was later identified as the Salpa Maggiore, more commonly known as Sea Salps. If you'd like to see some cool photos of the Salp in question, go here:

Anyway, it reminded me of a post I did earlier, about the ghost shrimp. It is not really that uncommon for certain types of aquatic life to appear to be see-through, though. It pretty much acts as a camouflage for the water, which makes perfect sense when thinking about a nifty defense mechanism for survival along with an easier way to catch prey, etc. Many jellyfishes and hydrozoans have this property, as well. Although it is not totally translucent, a good example of such, is the poisonous "Portuguese Man-of-War." To get a better idea what this sea creature is about, go here:

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