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Posted by Merry on April 10, 2012 at 06:44:38:

It reminds me of specials at the supermarket. An ever-rotating bounty of gelatinous invertebrates have greeting us on nearly every dive. We may only discern half-a-dozen species each time, but even smaller animals appear as blurry photo by-catch.

At the barge a couple of weeks ago, a thick river of salps and small siphonophores passed us on the anchor line. Same spot the past 2 days, comb jellies and medusas prevailed. Still have long, stringy schmutz mucking up the vis.


Sea Gooseberry, Pleurobrachia bachei

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The predatory Beroe gracillis, sometimes referred to as a swimming mouth. These macaroni-size were abundant and many sported crustacean hitchhikers.

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Could anyone ID this comb jelly, ~1/2 inch.

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Another dime-size beauty.

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Annatiara affinis (I think)

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Mitrocoma cellularia, ~ 1 inch

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