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Bizarre, Glowing Sea Creatures Appear in the Pacific

Bizarre, Glowing Sea Creatures in the Pacific

     After three years of unprecedented warm water along the U.S. West Coast, sea temperatures in 2017 had finally cooled. Fat shrimplike krill had returned and again were providing rich meals for salmon. Sea lions and other marine mammals were no longer washing
By Craig Welch
National Geographic
6-13-17

ashore shriveled and starving. Things appeared to be getting back to normal.

Then they showed up.

Beginning this spring, millions of bizarre primitive-seeming jellyfish-like bioluminescent sea creatures—some more than two feet long—started gumming up research nets, glomming onto fishing hooks, and cascading onto beaches along the West Coast.

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Bizarre Sea Creature Washes Ashore | VIDEO

Bizarre Sea Creature Washes Ashore

By NICHOLAS MCELROY
Gold Coast Bulletin
11-14-15

IT looks like something from another world but this “blue dragon” that washed up on Broadbeach this week is actually a sea slug.

     The glaucus atlanticus was captured on video by Lucinda Fry on Thursday morning, after it was washed into shore following its favourite food, blue bottles.

The bright blue slugs, or nudibranch, can pack a sting according to Griffith Univers-ity marine invertebrates expert Kylie Pitt.

“I have handled them before and wasn’t stung, but I would not recommend anyone pick them up because they can have a painful sting,” Professor Pitt said.

She said the nudibranch – a soft-bodied marine creature that sheds its shell after larval stage – eats the marine stingers blown on to Gold Coast beaches by easterly winds at this time of year.

“They are really weird,” she said.

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