Small little clear globs floating in the ocean
This specimen, washed with many others up on the beach, represents the solitary phase of the salps' unusual life history, which features alternating solitary and colonial generations. The next generation - a ribbon of small salps that will spend their lives joined together - can be seen coiled inside parent, awaiting release.
Seen from the pier. Apparently digesting a possible epitoke, perhaps Typosyllis nipponica?
Many fragments of sea lettuce and a few jelly fish floating in the water, but amongst them were these which I think are salps.
Floating in tidepool. About 1" long.
found in ~30' of water at breakwater. asked a prof at CSUMB what he thought and he said pyrosoma. stiff and almost sharp feeling, not like other colonial tunicates ive handled.
About 3 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.