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Pelagic Mollusk - Needle Pteropod - Creseis acicula
31-OCT-2010

Pelagic Mollusk - Needle Pteropod - Creseis acicula

I was calling this a "salp" until a friend of mine who is a Marine Biologist sent me the following info: The creature called a "salp" is even weirder than that. Notice that it seems to extrude from a tube. It is in fact a pelagic mollusk called a needle pteropod: Creseis acicula. One finds the shells on the sea floor, usually smashed, but to see the entire creature is rare. It ranges throughout tropical and subtropical seas worldwide.

Olympus C-5050Z
1/160s f/8.0 at 11.9mm iso64 full exif

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