Colony Of Translucent Sea Salps Create Mesmerizing Pattern In The Big Blue
Amazing footage has emerged of a colony of translucent sea salps showing solidarity in the big blue by sticking together hence creating a mesmeric pattern. Check out this incredible sight as translucent worms line up to form a hypnotizing sea spiral!
This is the wonderful footage featuring a colony of salps sticking together in the big blue ocean seemingly creating a stunning spiral pattern. Filmed on March 2, 2018 by professional diver Eric Desmet, this incredible footage shows couple of dozen planktonic organisms drifting in the waters around Weh Island.
It is amazing how these translucent marine invertebrates stick around and remain joined together in a colony which actually helps them maintain mobility and speed. According to Eric, this kind of phenomenon is rarely witnessed firsthand, so he is a lucky guy to have captured it!
These strange organisms with gelatinous form resembling a sea jelly, lacking tentacles and stinging cells are called a salp! They are barrel-shaped, planktonic tunicates varying from only micrometers to centimeters in dimension! Fun fact is that, individually, salps can reach lengths of up to 10 centimeters, and in colonies up to 15 feet.
However, these transparent creatures are able to make beautiful salp chains within the sea during the colonial phase of their life cycle. People often mistaken salps for sea jellies due to the similar appearance because of their simple and transparent body form.
They are totally cool, and totally beautiful to watch underwater, leaving onlookers stunned by their incredible spiral display. They are artists in disguise!
Have you ever witnessed something like this before? The mysterious, gelatinous, clear blob that looks like a jellyfish? Although it swims alone for part of its life, it spends the rest of it with other salps, linked together in chains arranged as wheels, lines or other architectural designs. Nature is full of surprises, right!?