Have you ever seen one of these gelatinous nasties?
It looks like the baddie in a cut-rate old-school horror movie.
Something with a suitably cheesy title, like:
‘It Came From Brain Lagoon..!’
So what’s the deal with these odd creatures.
Why are they showing up near a major city harbor?
The problem is, they’re a long way from home.
Normally, these brain-like blobs are found EAST of the Mississippi.
So what are they doing north of Seattle, in Canada’s Vancouver?
We’re not quite sure.
These things are, as you can see, a pretty good size.
But we’re not sure why they’re suddenly showing up now.
It could be that they’ve always been there, but they escaped notice until water levels dropped.
That’s one explanation.
The pond-dwelling jellies were recently spotted for the first time in Stanley Park in Vancouver, Canada, when they were exposed by low water levels.
There was the obligatory climate change explanation, offered, so they made sure they checked that box.
The species found in Stanley Park, known as a magnificent bryozoan or Pectinatella Magnifica, normally only dwells east of the Mississippi river.
It isn’t a single critter though. That’s a whole colony of single-celled ones.
The tiny invertebrates, known as a zooid, are hermaphroditic and spread through clumps of cells on the organism known as statoblasts.
Even the Wiki page couldn’t help us out. It didn’t have much to say about the Pectinatella Magnifica.
Pectinatella magnifica (the magnificent bryozoan) is a member of the Bryozoa phylum, in the order Plumatellida. It is a colony of organisms that bind together; these colonies can sometimes be 60 centimeters (2 feet) in diameter. These organisms can be found mostly in North America with some in Europe. They are often found attached to objects, but can be found free floating as well. They form a translucent body with many star-like blooms along the outside. The density of the organism is similar to that of gelatin, and is easily breakable into smaller chunks.
Although that did fit with the comparison to ‘three-day-old Jello’.
The block quotes above (besides Wiki) were from the DailyMail.