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Walking along the beach this morning in Seaside, you may have noticed strange gelatinous creatures in the drift line. They were a species of salp, called Salpa fusiformis. A salp is a pelagic tunicate. Meaning they are tunicates that drift in the mid-water of the ocean. They move by means of jet propulsion, and feeding is accomplished by pumping plankton-laden water through the body where a mucous net is used to extract food particles. They can be found individually or in large aggregations consisting of millions of individuals.
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What a great end to such a great week! Thank you to everyone who braved this cold, winter weather to visit us here in Seaside!
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Fun with holdfasts! Look at all the wonderful critters we found living inside the holdfasts of Bull Kelp.
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Happy Veterans Day!
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Check out these worms!! These unique looking worms (flat, ribbon, and scale) were all found living on the same holdfast.
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Look who we found hitching a ride on a jelly... Hitchhiking amphipods can be found living on/inside jellyfish, such as the Red-eyed Medusa. This parasitic amphipod lays its eggs on jellyfish. Juveniles will stay on the host jelly eating bits of the jelly’s prey. Juveniles and adults will also eat the host, primarily the tentacles and gonads.
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Pinni has taken it upon herself to learn a new trick!
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High wind warning on the coast!
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The calm before the storm. Watch out folks, it's about to get windy!
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It's a little blustery here on the coast!
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More sea cucumbers today!!
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Sea cucumbers wash ashore in Seaside and Gearhart. Walking along the beach this morning you may have noticed thousands of these translucent sea cucumbers. Usually burrowed into the sand or under rocks, these sea cucumbers must have been unearthed by the heavy surf we have been experiencing the last few days.
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Sea birds are coming ashore in large numbers due to current ocean conditions. Remember, you can always bring injured birds to the Aquarium and we will make sure they get to the Wildlife Center of the North Coast.
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So many suction cups!! Did you know that a Giant Pacific Octopus has 240 suction cups per tentacle? That's a total of 1,920 suction cups!
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It has been absolutely beautiful in Seaside, but it looks like the fog might be rolling in.
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Keep an eye out... Egrets have been spotted hanging around the Seaside estuary.
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Peek-a-boo!
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A meal made for two... Check out our jellies sharing a tasty fish!
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Seaside Aquarium, 200 North Prom, Seaside, Oregon 97138 Tel: (503) 738-6211.