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UFO: String Bead Critter

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by CuzzA, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    Unidentified Floating Objects on my safety stop yesterday off Tampa Bay, Florida. There were a lot of them and there was no consistency on how many beads in the string, which suggests to me they could be eggs. But a spawn of what? And in the first pic it almost looks like a head and tail, suggesting they are not eggs.

    Thoughts?

    Capture.JPG Capture 2.JPG
     
  2. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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  3. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

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    we know them as pelagic tunicates. and it seems a salp is a type of pelagic tunicate?
     
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  4. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    We get loads of that stuff in the Gulf of Oman, very seasonal and some large species too about half an inch thick, very solid
     
  5. diversteve

    diversteve Technical Admin

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    Salp Chain - we saw a lot of them in Curacao once so I asked a local expert. Looked just like your 2nd photo. Each one is a separate animal.
     

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