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What is a Salpa Maggiore? Rare Translucent Sea Creature Found in New Zealand

The rare salpa maggiore, a translucent shrimp-like sea creature, has been found off the coast of New Zealand after a fisherman caught the mysterious oceanic animal.

Fishing with his sons near the Karikari Peninsula, Stewart Fraser had no idea what he caught when he hooked the bizarre-looking salpa maggiore on his fishing line. When asked about the unlikely catch, Fraser told reporters:

“I was in two minds whether to haul it in, but curiosity got the better of me, and I decided to take a closer look. It felt scaly and was quite firm, almost jelly like, and you couldn’t see anything inside aside from this orange little blob inside it.”

Salpa Maggiore, a Rare Translucent Sea Creature, Was Caught Near New Zealand - photo from Youtube

Salpa Maggiore, a Rare Translucent Sea Creature, Was Caught Near New Zealand – photo from Youtube

Although initially stumped by what he caught, Fraser was later informed by scientists who saw the photos that the translucent animal appears to be the rare salpa maggiore. While little is known about these intriguing creatures, they are typically found in much colder waters closer to the Southern Ocean.

According to marine scientists, the translucent appearance of the animal is said to be their only form of defense. Camouflaging them from predators, the salpa maggiore typically roam the upper layers of the ocean where sunlight can penetrate. They feed on small organic matter like phytoplankton to survive.

Although its ghostly appearance may be one of the most unique attributes to this oceanic being, what is even more interesting is their life cycle. The salpa maggiore have both an individual and a group cycle. During the grouping portion of their life, the animals form one big chain in which they feed and grow together.

Video from Youtube Channel Chaoonnews

What is a Salpa Maggiore? Rare Translucent Sea Creature Found in New Zealand.

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    I actually found 2 of these, one as big as this one and one slightly smaller, at bodega bay on the coast of California! can anyone explain how they got there if they are found in New Zealand?

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