Transparency: Algae, Salp, and Carapace

My photography skills were definitely not up to this task, but I needed to share the gentle loveliness of this small still life. The tide line positively glistened with salp yesterday morning; it was like a comet’s tail along the water in the early morning sunlight.


Let’s Talk About Salp, Shall We?


A lovely still life, but this is not a jellyfish. Salp are more closely related to us than they are jellyfish. They are the most primitive of the Chordata, which is the same phylum as homosapiens – humans. They are pelagic tunicates and often come ashore in uncountable numbers. Below is a close up of the primitive notochord.