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Pieces of jellyfish on the beach???

Pieces of jellyfish on the beach???




Did anyone else go to the beach this morning and see all of the small jelly-like pieces all over? I wish I could have had my camera....but they were clear jelly pieces the size of a small pebble and they washed up by the thousands all up and down the beach (at least in Southern Shores). It reminded me of jellyfish but they were so small and like nothing I have ever seen. Any ideas what this might be?


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Sea Salp?




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not quite like that. They are smaller and rounder.


I saw them




at Frisco over Memorial Day weekend. Don't know what they are.


I figure it out!




not quite like that. They are smaller and rounder.



They must be juvenille tar balls scoping out their new digs!:smiley40:






poster "seancharles" posted pics of the creatures from their Ocracoke trip report. Which day I cannot say. But they were perfectly round & teeny tiny.






Saw them in Kitty Hawk. They are still here! Someone told us offspring of Jelly fish?






Moon Jellyfish

The Moon Jellyfish is the jellyfish most commonly washed up on beaches during the summer high tides and winds. By the time it has been tossed in the rough surf, the Moon Jellyfish looks like a clear plastic disk or saucer lying in the sand. When alive in the ocean it has numerous, short fingerlike tentacles around the edge and an outline of a four-leaf clover in the center. Its transparent umbrella can grow up to 10 inches across. By the time the Moon jellyfish is washed up on the beaches, the tentacles are gone and these jellyfish are harmless.








We saw those once--thousands of them all over the beach, and stuck to the kids when they were in the surf. We were told they were scalp or skep also--they were little round clear blobs, but were stiffer than jellyfish. Much smaller than the moon jellies, from small to big marble size.






We saw those once--thousands of them all over the beach, and stuck to the kids when they were in the surf. We were told they were scalp or skep also--they were little round clear blobs, but were stiffer than jellyfish. Much smaller than the moon jellies, from small to big marble size.



Yes, Kelly...that is exactly what they were like.






I had a customer in this afternoon who reported seeing them this morning (Tuesday) around the 13 mp in Nags Head, too -- description identical (tiny, round, pebble-like). I plan to go see for myself in about 1/2 hour when we close the gallery! I'll let you know what I find.


I think HatterasNC has it right




I think these are salps, too. Now, before today, I never knew about them. But these not-quite-round, tiny, clear, jelly-like somethings are indeed all over the beach. I walked across to the access nearest the gallery at 5:30 pm and saw them right away, in the upper edge of the wave wash. They are tiny -- the largest I found was not even as large as my thumbnail and the smallest was much smaller. One end seemed to be pointed on the largest ones, and those also seemed to have the characteristic dark spot of the salps. What is interesting is that these critters typically form long chains in the ocean, so finding tons of them is consistent with how they would be living. Here is one picture to show scale, shape, and that dark spot. I had to photograph and enlarge to really see what I was looking at! My hands are fairly small so this gives an idea of size. More later! But now it is 11 pm and I am "researched out." Read, Eve's going to bed!








i bumped up "Ocracoke with 5-day 3" thread which has an identical pic of the salps from their recent trip down south. My friend down there said they were just everywhere.






We saw them Monday at the beach too...all over and also saw several dead, and I am talking like 50 or more, dragon flies...wonder what happened to them?






I think I got a pic of one too. Will try to post it when I get home.


RE: Pieces of jellyfish on the beach???




So many of these beautiful moon jellies this week!




RE: Pieces of jellyfish on the beach???




Okay folks I was not there but I would place my bet on Salphs, which are not Jellies but related to Sea Cucumbers. Next item, the pictures that are displayed above, with the exception of the moons, seem to be Sea Butterflys and once again not Jellies but are more related to Gastropods. To blow your mind Gastropods are Whelks, Moon Snails and Conchs.


RE: Pieces of jellyfish on the beach???




Moon Jellyfish