Gelatinous sea creatures called salps wash up on Peninsula, S. Washington beaches

“Sometimes, fishermen bring us stuff and say, ‘This is really weird,’ but they just don’t see them” often, said Rick Brodeur, an oceanographer known as the “jellyfish person”. The same gelatinous sea creatures that clogged the intake at a California nuclear power plant last spring have shown up this winter on the Olympic Peninsula coast. The harmless jellyfish-like animals are called salps. They’ve been found by clam diggers and turned up in the pots of crab fishermen who have been asking what they are, said state Fish and Wildlife Department biologist Dan Ayres in Montesano.  Read more

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