What are those creatures on the beach?
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Salps sort of look like jellyfish—described by some as gooey, gelatinous and transparent. A few started washing ashore in late 2012, but more are appearing on Oregon’s beaches. Beach strollers have nothing to fear because they don’t sting or bite, but they can be a bit messy in a crab pot.
The Hatfield Marine Science Center says they are pelagic salps native to the Oregon Coast. Pelagic animals live in a zone of ocean water offshore and not on the bottom of the sea. Strong currents or west winds could be pushing the salps onto the beach.
Take a look at this news video by KGW Newschannel 8 (Portland) , which includes an interview with Seaside Aquarium staff.
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