David Strege on the strangest fish ever.
A fisherman in waters north of New Zealand came across an odd-looking, translucent sea creature swimming on the surface. Curious, he caught the creature—presumably scooping it up with a net—to get a closer look.
The photos of the fish are remarkable; as if the fish were made of clear jelly or plastic. What is it?
Fortunately, the folks at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, U.K., had an idea, identifying it as a Salpa maggiore (Salpa maxima).
That explains everything.
A salp is barrel-shaped, moves by pumping water through its gelatinous body, and that the life-cycle includes alternate generations of existing as solitary individuals or as a group forming long chains.
More than I probably needed to know. The fisherman took a photo then threw it back in the ocean.