Jelly, Tunicate?

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Postby tswinner » Sun May 16, 2010 7:16 am

Anybody know what this thing is? Shot on film in CA, I think at Catalina

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Postby nwscubamom » Sun May 16, 2010 9:01 pm

Size? Hard to tell scale with that (really nice!) photo there. Is it a few inches long or more like a foot? Was it just drifting or actively swimming?

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Postby nwscubamom » Sun May 16, 2010 9:52 pm

OK, nevermind! I found it in "Pacific Coast Pelagic Invertebrates".(page 84)

It's a Pyrosoma atlanticum! Can be up to 60 cm - about how long was the one you saw?

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Postby Leslie Harris » Sun May 16, 2010 10:07 pm

Not a jelly or exactly a salp but a pyrosome. Pyrosomes & salps are both pelagic tunicates.
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Postby tswinner » Sun May 16, 2010 10:19 pm

Thanks Janna and Leslie,

It was a long time ago but I think it was about a foot long.
I'm in the process of scanning all my old slide and I keep finding things I haven't seen for a while. I'm hoping for a cool worm for you Leslie.

Thanks,

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Postby Leslie Harris » Sun May 16, 2010 10:43 pm

Me too!
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Postby seekncritters » Fri May 21, 2010 4:39 pm

Wow! What a cool critter! I love how the color of the critter is close to the color of the trim on the diver's drysuit :-).

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Postby scottg » Fri May 21, 2010 5:51 pm

very cool critter. I haven't seen anything like it yet. Maybe next week!

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