Check Out What We Caught!

Monday, November 7, 2016 by Evan

The other day during our morning plankton tow, we wound up catching this thing in our net. This ‘thing’ is known as a ctenophore, but it more commonly called a comb jelly. They are not that uncommon, but it is always exciting to catch something this big in our little net!

Comb Jellies get their name from the row of “combs” that line the sides of their bodies. These combs stick out from the jelly, and the jelly uses them to swim around. Perhaps the coolest thing about the comb jelly, which you can see in the photo, is that the combs refract light to make the colors of a rainbow. So when the comb jelly moves it usually creates its own light show!

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