A Rare “JELLY” Fish Found in the Coast of New Zealand!

A fisherman, by the sight of this mysterious sea creature with its transparent figure was left puzzled when he caught it at the coast of New Zealand. Stewart Frazer had gone fishing with his two sons Conaugh and Finn off the North Island’s Karikari Peninsula when he caught the mysterious fish swimming near the surface of the ocean for about 70 kilometers (45 miles) offshore. “It felt scaly and was quite firm, almost jelly like, and you couldn’t see anything inside aside from this orange little blob inside it,” he said. It was his first encounter with such sea creature. Out of his curiosity, he decided to take a closer look. Even his fisherman friends are all mystified and bewildered upon seeing the creature themselves. The mysterious sea creature was later classified as salp, a barrel-shaped, planktonic tunicate that are common in equatorial, temperate, and cold seas. “The salp is barrel-shaped and moves by contracting, pumping water through its gelatinous body. It strains the water through its internal feeding filters, feeding on phytoplankton from the upper sunlit layer of the ocean,” as reported. “Lastly, they have an interesting life-cycle with alternate generations existing as solitary individuals or groups forming long chains. In common with other defenseless animals that occupy open water, jellies and hydroids for example, the translucence presumably provides some protection from predation. Being see-through is a pretty good camouflage in water,” he added. This fish is indeed a very mysterious sea creature!

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