PHOTOS: Strange New Species Found on Great Barrier Reef

PHOTOS: Hundreds of New Species Found on Great Barrier Reef
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A gelatinous "creature" pictured floating in the water column off Lizard Island in northeastern Australia is actually a colony of smaller animals called salpae.

These sac-like filter feeders can either float as individuals or can form long chains as they drift through the ocean feeding on plankton.

In September 2008 researchers led by the Australian Institute of Marine Science released photos of unusual animals--including the salpae seen above--found while surveying coral reef biodiversity as part of the ten-year Census of Marine Life.
—Photograph courtesy Gary Cranitch/Queensland Museum/copyright 2008
 
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