A mysterious see-through sea creature known as a Salpa maggiore confused a New Zealand fisherman.
According to the Daily Mail, angler Stewart Fraser was fishing not far from the Karikari Peninsula when he saw what he thought was a cross between a jellyfish and a shrimp swimming near the surface.
He told the Mail:
“I was in two minds whether to haul it in, but curiosity got the better of me and I decided to take a closer look… We have no idea what it could have been but it was quite something and I’d never seen anything like it before.”
Experts have weighed in and determined the creature to be a Salpa maggiore, otherwise known as a Salpa maxima. They are common in the Southern Ocean of Antarctica, but are often found near the surface of both equatorial seas, as well as other cold water oceans.
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Here is a collection of images of Stewart’s catch:
Salps travel alone or in long schools, pumping water through their jelly-like bodies as they move through the sea. Washington anglers have seen a recent increase in salp populations.
Salps are harmless and feed on plankton, with their see-through bodies are believed to help them avoid predators while drifting near the water’s surface.
Featured image via screenshot from YouTube: ExtremeWatchTv