FIre Bodies Of The Sea (#519)

Yesterday I walked one of my favorite beaches.  This time savouring a wonderful little treat called Baklava.

The waves had carved little hills in the beach.  Ravens were standing here and there on the hills, looking like sentinels as they looked out on the sea birds scurrying in and out of the waves for buried morsels of food in the sand.

Above the high tide mark, a little pink finger caught my eye.  Or so I thought.  It sure looked like a finger.

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Tentacle, perhaps?

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As I walked along the beach, I found more of these strange creatures strewn in among the seaweed or lying alone on the sand.

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I gingerly touched one.  It did not feel unpleasant, so I picked it up.  A complete organism of some sort.

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When I got home it took over an hour to find google images of the same creature or, as it turned out, creatures.

They are pyrosomes or fire bodies because they glow in the dark and are actually a free-floating colony of clones.

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The larger end is where sea water is filtered thru the middle so the colony can capture tiny organisms to eat.

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The sea’s offering today showed me something I never knew existed.  What a fantastic world we live in.

Forever Grateful ~ Annie

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About TinCanTraveler

Born under a wand'rin' star.... living in my Winnebago, traveling the country, explorer/adventurer, photographer, writer, chi master, massage therapist, retired teacher/counselor, work camper. Appreciation for the freedom to do it all. Enjoying life's ultimate lessons of trust, respect, and grace.
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7 Responses to FIre Bodies Of The Sea (#519)

  1. Patti Kuche says:

    Amazing creatures and a wonderful find!

  2. boristoronto says:

    Wow i’ve never head of these things before. Very fascinating.

  3. nomaggsrush says:

    Thanks for the research Annie, never heard of them (like a lot of things I’m sure!)

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