I only took a few photos for the record. I'll show three different animals. Do you want to guess what they are? I showed all three on the blog last year, so if you've been reading for a while, you might have seen them before. If you're new to the blog, you'll be at a disadvantage, but you can still play along. Don't worry if they're unfamiliar — these are pelagic animals not often seen onshore!
There were hundreds of Animal A:
Around 50 of Animal B:
And only a few of Animal C:
And the answers are:
Animal A = the swimming bell of a siphonophore, Diphyes dispar
Animal B = a small pyrosome ("fire body"), probably Pyrosoma atlanticum
Animal C = a salp, possibly Salpa fusiformis
I mentioned that I posted about all of these animals in 2014. If you'd like to review those entries (or read them for the first time), here are the links:
- From the south on 26 October 2014 (siphonophore)
- "Fire bodies" on 8 December 2014 (pyrosome)
- March Madness on 31 March 2014 (salp)
Note that some of these animals may be associated with warmer ocean water. The water temperature is still an astounding 14.5°C (58°F) — unusually warm for this time of year.