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Saturday, 25 January 2014

Wow Translucent Fish! Strange and Wonderful Creatures from the Oceans

Stewart Fraser, a fisherman from New Zealand, caught the above translucent shrimp-like creature swimming near the surface of the ocean.

Mr Fraser was fishing with sons Conaugh and Finn 43 miles north off the North Island's Karikari Peninsula when he spotted the translucent 'shrimp' floating near the top of the water.

Mr Fraser said: “I was in two minds whether to haul it in, but curiosity got the better of me and I decided to take a closer look.”

The bizarre creature has baffled Mr Fraser and all of his fisherman friends. However, Deborah Cracknell, research lead from the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth,United kingdom told reporter that she believes the creature is a Salpa maggiore (Salpa maxima).

                 For those of us who want to know what is a SALPA MAGGIORE?

Salps, as they are more commonly known, are found in both equatorial and cold seas and it’s a kind of marine invertebrate.

They are spotted swimming alone just as often as they are seen in long, string-like colonies, and move by pumping water through their gelatinous bodies. 

Salps are harmless creature that feeds only on plankton and their see-through body is believed to be designed to avoid it being spotted by predators when floating near the surface of the oceans.

One remarkable species survival technique is the ability to create a clone of itself when food is abundant, which then grow at the fastest rate of any multicellular creature.

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