Millions of ‘Sea Pickles’ Invade Northwest Waters – Live Science

The waters off the Oregon coast are mysteriously awash with strange, jelly-like creatures that look like translucent slugs, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

These bizarre organisms, called pyrosomes (Pyrosoma atlanticum), began appearing off Oregon’s coast in 2015, but in recent months, their numbers have multiplied into the millions, NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Newport, Oregon, reported.

P. atlanticumusually live in tropical waters. Even so, they are thriving in the Northwest’s typically chilly Pacific Ocean, multiplying to the point of clogging local waters and fishing gear. [Dangers in the Deep: 10 Scariest Sea Creatures]

For instance, a 5-minute

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