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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Little marbles on the sand

Comb jellies (ctenophores) have been washing up on local beaches lately.  Perhaps you've seen them?  They look like little glass marbles on the sand.  Each one is ~10-15 mm across.

This species, Pleurobrachia bachei, is often called a Sea Gooseberry.  I've written about them before, but it's been a while.  To see what these comb jellies look like when they're swimming, and to learn more about them in general, check out these posts:

"Sticky side arms" on 15 July 2013 

"A two gooseberry day" on 19 February 2012

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