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It's like a big balloon with thick walls, completely soft and jelly-like. Of course, the animal that comes from is only speculation, but I guess it may be eggs from a giant octopus.
Photo: Ronni Bekkemellem
The researchers support the diver's suspicion that the jelly ball may originate from octopus, but in order to get to the bottom of the mystery, they are now asking for help from the audience.
"We are a whole bunch of people who have a lot of knowledge. The problem is that neither of us have seen this jelly ball.
This summer, seven cases of jellyball have been observed along the coast of Norway, from Stavanger to Trondheim.
Photo: Erling Svensen
The divers didn’t know. Lutfu Tanriover, the videographer, told me via Facebook the group felt a mixture of both excitement and fear as they approached the mysterious blob. The blow felt “very soft,” and looked gelatinous. But only after the video went online did the mysterious blob get a possible ID. Dr. Michael Vecchione of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History was the first to propose a suggestion. Dr. Vecchione is an expert on squid, and to him this giant sphere looks like a huge squid egg mass, and it’s the largest he’s ever seen. In fact, egg masses like this may be floating off many major coasts, not just Turkey’s. But what kind of squid, specifically, could produce a mass this big?
Dr. Vecchione best guess? A large red flying squid named Ommastrephes bartramii. These animal can grow to around 1.5 meters (~5 feet) in length. As their name suggests, red flying squid can fly, or rather glide, by jetting out of the water and flattening their tentacles and fins to make “wings”. They’ve also got arms packed with suckers complete with “teeth”.
originally posted by: theantediluvian
a reply to: Hellmutt
Dr. Vecchione is an expert on squid, and to him this giant sphere looks like a huge squid egg mass, and it’s the largest he’s ever seen.
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