Tiny Marine Sea Squirts Mystify Beachgoers

Tiny Marine Sea Squirts Mystify Beachgoers
Sea Squirt (tunicate), Photo: U.S. Geological Survey by Dan Blackwood

East Hampton Star: What are those squishy things in the waters? Not jellyfish. Not fish eggs. They’re salps, and they’re harmless.

If you’ve been at the water’s edge recently, you will have seen them. Chris Paparo, manager of the Marine Science Center at Stony Brook Southampton [NY], set the record straight about these small, gelatinous, creatures that come in a seemingly endless supply this time of the year. They are a form of “pelagic tunicate, or sea squirts,” he said.

Read more about sea salps, or pelagic tunicates.