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Salps. Spiral colony of salps (Pegea socia)

Salps. Spiral colony of salps (Pegea socia)


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Salps. Spiral colony of salps (Pegea socia)

Salps. Spiral colony of salps (Pegea socia). Salps are tunicate organisms related to sea squirts. They are filter feeders, sifting microscopic plankton from the water. The chains can reach lengths of over 25 metres, although they are easily broken. Each individual can reach a length of around 12 centimetres. Pegea socia is found in tropical and temperate waters

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Chain Chordate Colony Group Helix Horizontal Spiral Temperate Tunicate Urochordata Whorl Salp


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This print showcases the mesmerizing beauty of a spiral colony of salps, specifically Pegea socia. These unique organisms are tunicates, closely related to sea squirts, and can be found in tropical and temperate waters around the world. As filter feeders, they delicately sift microscopic plankton from the surrounding water. The chains formed by these salps can astonishingly reach lengths exceeding 25 meters; however, they are fragile and easily broken apart. Each individual salp within this enchanting chain measures approximately 12 centimeters in length. The intricate helix-like structure created by these creatures is truly a marvel of nature's design. Immersed in their marine habitat, these chordates gracefully move through the ocean currents as part of their daily existence. Their presence adds an element of wonder to our understanding of underwater ecosystems. Captured with precision by Science Photo Library, this image offers us a glimpse into the fascinating world beneath the waves. It serves as a reminder that even within seemingly ordinary organisms lies extraordinary complexity waiting to be explored and appreciated.

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