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Snorkeling with Salps
Image by Samara Nicholas, published on 20/05/2012
Salps form rapid growing, floating colonies, usually in deep cold water. They feed on phytoplankton (algal blooms) and move via a pumping mechanism. The colonies get broken up close to shore and can obscure visibility but they add an interesting element to a snorkel or dive. The texture can be off-putting to some people but they do not have stingers like jellyfish. These kids were snorkeling with EMR and got amongst the Salps at Goat Island Marine Reserve.
Tags: Bioregions/habitats | Northeastern | Experiencing Marine Reserves | Snorkeling | Magical Marine Reserves & Marine Parks | Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve | NZ Biodiversity | Invertebrates | Tunicates (Sea squirts and Salps) | Marine habitats | Miscellaneous Marine Photos
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