NZ Fisherman catches see-through water creature

January 22, 2014 15:43
NZ Fisherman catches see-through water creature

A New Zealand fisherman caught a see-through shrimp-like creature swimming near the surface of the ocea. Mr. Stewart Fraser was fishing with his two sons, 43 miles north off the North Island's Karikari Peninsula at the time he spotted this transparent creature. National Marine Aquarium officials believe that the creature is a Salpa maggiore (Salpa maxima).


Mr. Fraser said, “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. We have no idea what it could have been but it was quite something and I'd never seen anything like it before.”


“Little is known about these Salps. They are often found in colder seas, with the most abundant concentration found in the Southern Ocean. They are (Salps) barrel-shaped and moves by contracting, pumping water through its gelatinous body,” said Mr. Paul Cox, director of conservation and communication at the National Marine Aquarium.

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