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Re: what the heck is this?

Postby 60south » Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:24 am

Also called "sea pickles" in an NPR report.

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Re: what the heck is this?

Postby Norris » Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:16 am

Diving edmonds last night I saw a bunch of these hanging out on the West side of the big pontoon. Attached to ropes, just chilling
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Re: what the heck is this?

Postby 60south » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:35 am

"...They’re so thick in Alaska that fishermen gave up on fishing because their hooks were coming up full of pyrosomes instead of salmon."

With enough butter and garlic anything can be delicious, yes?

But I still can't get past the idea that they look like some kind of sex toy.

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Re: what the heck is this?

Postby Norris » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:05 am

**Pinch it, don't stick your finger through. You're just pinching a bigger hole.
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Re: what the heck is this?

Postby dlh » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:55 pm

I saw a bunch of these up in Browning Pass a couple of months ago. They were all over the place, saw several per dive.

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Re: what the heck is this?

Postby Grateful Diver » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:44 am

There was another article about them yesterday ... seems to be showing up quite a lot lately ...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-c ... -1.4164883

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Re: what the heck is this?

Postby Gdog » Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:41 pm

OK those are strange. And showing up in increasing numbers?!

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Re: what the heck is this?

Postby Grateful Diver » Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:15 pm



That's it!

Thanks ...

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Re: what the heck is this?

Postby oldsalt » Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:01 pm

Someone who knows better has shown up. I was unfamiliar with pyrosomes, so I googled them. They are another free swimming tunicate, closely related to salps. Because they luminesce, they are sometimes called "fire salps". In the novel, "The Highest Tide", a young kid keeps finding marine organisms that are unfamiliar to the older biologists. I understand how the old biologists feel.
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Re: what the heck is this?

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Re: what the heck is this?

Postby oldsalt » Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:55 am

Bob: Google "salps". They are a free swimming tunicate. Someone who knows better than me may tell you I'm wrong, bit that is what they look like to me.
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what the heck is this?

Postby Grateful Diver » Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:30 am

One of my co-workers was catching these off his fishing boat out in the Straits. He asked me what they are. Durned if I know ... do you?

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