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A giant blob is swallowing up everything in it's path along the ocean floor nearly 500 kilometres off the coast of Halifax.
It's called a tunicate, a slimy form of sea life that's already been discovered off the coast of the Netherlands, New Zealand and British Columbia.
The blob near the Nova Scotia coast is more concentrated and is estimated at *more than 200 square kilometres, or 2,000 football fields, and has doubled in size in the last year. Because of it's tendency to smother bottom dwelling sea creatures like scallops and fish it poses a real threat to the East Coast Fishery.
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
I say we kill it and process the thing for Vanadium.
"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.”
more than 200 square kilometres, or 2,000 football fields, and has doubled in size in the last year.
Originally posted by forestlady
Masqua, here's what I've been able to find. It explains alot about this:
The scientific name for the invader is didemnum. It is a tunicate, a very simple animal that lives inside a skin, or tunic, has no skeleton and filters microscopic bacteria and plankton from ocean water.
Tunicates reproduce several ways, but researchers recently discovered they can simply replicate themselves if torn apart. That means disturbing a tunicate colony could spread the colony, as the tiny particles drift with ocean currents.
That may be a problem on Georges Bank, where draggers regularly plough through the ocean floor searching for tasty scallops. Valentine says each pass by a drag boat may create a new infestation of tunicates somewhere else, as the animals are torn up and float away.