The Point Is Covered with Salps

Hundreds of gelatinous blobs are washing up on the point

(September 2, 2021) … Salps are planktic tunicates, meaning they are free swimming and not permanently attached to structure. Salps are barrel shaped, clear and gelatinous. Moving much like jellyfish and are often mistaken as jellies. Contracting their bodies to pump water through their gelatinous body creating motion. When you see those small clear looking “jellies” pulsating in the the inland bays they are actually salps.

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Salp in the sand at the point

Salps are harmless, but they are annoying for surf anglers. They stick to your fishing line and clog the guides, and reels, especially braided fishing line.
When they are still alive they stick the most. The ones washed up on the point are dead and not as “sticky”. They look like someone ran a jellyfish through a blender. They will also stick to your feet a little, but again are harmless. We get them a lot when we are scooping for sand fleas in the surf.  They get eaten by fish, turtles, birds, and shellfish but I wouldn’t try to put them on a hook.

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Salps and sandfleas scooped up in a net in the surf.

Wikipedia … Salps are common in equatorial, temperate, and cold seas, where they can be seen at the surface, singly or in long, stringy colonies. The most abundant concentrations of salps are in the Southern Ocean[4] (near Antarctica), where they sometimes form enormous swarms, often in deep water, and are sometimes even more abundant than krill.[5] Since 1910, while krill populations in the Southern Ocean have declined, salp populations appear to be increasing. Salps have been seen in increasing numbers along the coast of Washington. Read more here.

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Salp on my fishing line

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