non-California fish ID question

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Posted by scarybarry on May 25, 2004 at 14:53:13:

I just got back from a week in Cozumel, and noticed two invertebrates that I've never seen before. One I've since been able to identify as a ctenophore (straight outta "The Abyss"!!!), but the other I have not been able to identify.

It was reminiscent of a jellyfish in that it was clear and seemingly gelatinous, however there were absolutely no internal organs that I could see. It was long and ribbon-ish, about a foot long and half-an-inch wide, with a thickness of only maybe a centimeter or less. The two tips had a slightly black coloration. So basically it was a long clear ribbon with black tips...that's all. I could not tell if it was capable of self-locomotion or if it simply drifted on currents, but it was definitely fauna of some sort and not debris, and I saw two on two different days. One was all by itself, the other was right next to the ctenophore.


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