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Have you noticed mysterious goo rolling onto American
beaches?
www.worldweatheronline.com
Anywhere in the world, it is very
common to spot a stranded
jellyfish on a beach.
However, this...
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What are they?
These creatures are known as salps. Even though their
appearance resembles the j...
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How are they ending up on the beaches?
“Changes in wind direction
or water currents will push
t...
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A “weapon” against climate change
Salps’ reproduction involves asexual breeding. Individuals wi...
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To find out more about why not read the whole
article, click the link below:
Have you notices m...
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Have you noticed mysterious goo rolling onto american beaches

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Anywhere in the world, it is very common to spot a stranded jellyfish on a beach.

However, this summer on the beaches of the U.S. East Coast thousands of knuckle-size, gelatinous blobs cover the sand.

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Have you noticed mysterious goo rolling onto american beaches

  1. 1. www.worldweatheronline.com Have you noticed mysterious goo rolling onto American beaches?
  2. 2. www.worldweatheronline.com Anywhere in the world, it is very common to spot a stranded jellyfish on a beach. However, this summer on the beaches of the U.S. East Coast thousands of knuckle-size, gelatinous blobs cover the sand. What’s this about?
  3. 3. www.worldweatheronline.com What are they? These creatures are known as salps. Even though their appearance resembles the jellyfish, they are more closely related to humans! A Salp is a barrel-shaped, planktonic marine invertebrate animal. It pumps water through its gelatinous body, enabling it to move and feed at the same time.
  4. 4. www.worldweatheronline.com How are they ending up on the beaches? “Changes in wind direction or water currents will push the barrel-shaped animals on to beaches, which happens with some regularity,” says Paul Bologna, director of marine biology and coastal sciences program at Montclair State University in New Jersey.
  5. 5. www.worldweatheronline.com A “weapon” against climate change Salps’ reproduction involves asexual breeding. Individuals will eventually release mature females and a male from a previous generation will fertilise her one and only egg. These methods require them to gorge on algae blooms. All that eating produces large feacal pellets that “sink rapidly”, says Larry Madin, executive vice president of research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. The pellets the salps produce contain a significant amount of carbon dioxide, so as they sink, it’s essentially removed from the carbon cycle.
  6. 6. www.worldweatheronline.com To find out more about why not read the whole article, click the link below: Have you notices mysterious goo rolling onto American beaches?

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