Tethys vagina (Salps!)

Not long ago, I linked to an article on Bay to Beach Life entitled “Salps on the Sand.” It was about those gelatinous little creatures that sometimes crowd the beaches around Monterey Bay, leaving a squishy mess underfoot. Elsewhere, I have discovered that they are very energy efficient creatures who have been around for millenia. They seem fairly uninteresting on the beach, but I have found that when they’re in their element, they are quite beautiful. They form linked colonies, so they often appear as lovely translucent chains in the sea. My friend, Dida Kutz, who runs Blue Planet Divers, informed me that they have a sexy name, “Tethys vagina.” She has some beautiful photos of them HERE on her Flickr site. Read about them HERE.

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