Sea Salp – The Adorable Lovechild of Slugs and Jellyfish
According to researchers, these critters travel underwater by contracting – a phenomenon causing water to pump through their gelatinous bodies, allowing them to maneuver the ocean. Furthermore, they should not be capable of surviving in the cold waters of the North Pacific ocean, but they somehow are. And thanks to climate change, many have infiltrated the coast of Washington and Oregon, allowing many of the elusive creatures to be spotted by beachcombers.
Lastly, Marine biologists are researching a theorized connection between sea salps and carbon emissions, as the bi-product of their waste (they consume phytoplankton for energy) may help remove carbon dioxide from the upper ocean and perhaps the atmosphere as well.
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