posted on Aug, 24 2005 @ 07:10 AM
I think this could go in Fragial Earth but I will put it here.
“It’s something new. It covers up the bottom and it forms a barrier between fish and what fish feed on, so logically you’d think it could be a
problem,” said Page Valentine, a scientist with the agency. “At some point, it could get so pervasive that everybody will realize we’ve got a
problem out there, and it’ll be too late.”
Valentine discovered the organism, a simple tunicate with no skeleton that filters plankton, in 2002 on the U.S. side of Georges Bank. He returned in
2003 and found that it was covering an area of at least 15 square kilometres. A year later, a thick carpet of the porridge-like goop had spread over
more than 104 square kilometres.
The creature, which measures one to two millimetres individually, attaches itself to rocky bottoms and proliferates rapidly until it creates a
sometimes huge carpet that can come between various fish species and their food.
Unique life form