Abundant in colonial chains throughout the Sound.
These little salps - fava sized balls off jelly each with a dark spot inside - we're all over the beach in large masses. I posed this one on the back of a sand dollar to take its picture
La playa y el mar estaban llenos de ellos, flotaban en grupo
Approximately 2 inches long 1.5 inches wide; Mostly intact test from a salp; had some damage on one end possibly from when it broke off from it's colony in the open water and washed ashore where we found it.
It was hard to take photos of these in the low dawn light. There were a super lot of them washed up, though!
These are the invisible translucent things that brush against your fingers when you are swimming in the sea, but when you look, there's nothing there :-)
Normally I find them in ribbons all stuck together but they separate once caught and poured into a container.
They're transparent, tubular with an 'eye' at one end and jet through the water as one end of them pulsates open and closed.
Each about 1cm long.
Video clip slowed down by 50%.
Saw masses of these floating off the shore of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Main portion is clear and gelatinous about 5 inches long with black dots.
Salps in Potter Pond. Probably Thalia democratica.
Dive site Outer Limits, max depth 110 ft/33.5 m.
Seen on the descent. Chain with a triangular "head."
Free floating, about 3-4 inches long.
The Thaliacea comprise a class of marine animals within the subphylum Tunicata. Unlike their benthic relatives the ascidians, thaliaceans are free-floating (pelagic) for their entire lifespan. The group includes species with complex life cycles with both solitary and colonial forms.