Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Tiny Alien Creature Lands on Oregon Coast

Published 03/09/2013

(Seaside, Oregon) – To the untrained eye, they look like odd little soap bubbles in the sand. Put them in water, and they often come alive again and can look like those alien attackers in the video game Crysis. (All photos courtesy Seaside Aquarium and Tiffany Boothe)

Seaside Aquarium's Tiffany Boothe found quite a few of them again recently on the beaches of the north Oregon coast. The little gelatinous critters are called comb jellies – or sometimes known as sea gooseberries. They are stunning in the water – and outside of it.

“These large (3 cm) comb jellies are washing ashore in Seaside,” Boothe said earlier this week. “They may not catch your eye while stranded on the beach, but once submerged into sea water their beauty is revealed. What looks like bioluminescence is actually cilia (small hair-like structures lining the outside of the comb jelly) refracting light.”


The sea gooseberry has two tentacles, which are about three times longer than the body of the critter. These are lined with colloblasts – a specialized adhesive cell that helps snag food for the comb jelly.

They only live about four to six months.

Periodically, Boothe has been able to bring them back to life by putting them in sea water back at the Seaside Aquarium.

“But once in salt water this beautiful and graceful jelly begins to move, pulsating the small cilia that line the outside of the jelly,” Boothe said. Where to stay in this area - Where to eat - Map and Virtual Tour



More from Seaside below:

 

More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

 

A famous little family eatery where the seafood practically gets shuffled from the sea straight into your mouth. Soups and salads include many seafood specialties, including cioppino, chowders, crab Louie and cheese breads. Fish 'n' chips come w/ various fish. Seafood sandwiches with shrimp, tuna or crab, as well as burgers. Dinners like pan fried oysters, fillets of salmon or halibut, saut�ed scallops.
Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss
Pacific City, Oregon

 


 

LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Travel Tips, Advice for Memorial Weekend They Don't Tell You on the Oregon Coast
Several travel tips not often mentioned are important for an even better time and less frustration
Oregon Coast Summer Science Workshop in July; Science Diversity Seminar Soon
The big summer science workshop that covers a wide range of beach-oriented subjects. Newport events, Depoe Bay events
Top Ten Oregon Coast Must-see's for Memorial Weekend
If you're heading to the Oregon coast for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, and you could see only one thing
June Kite Fest Gets Groovy in Lincoln City, Oregon Coast
Summer Kite Festival on June 25, 26, featuring the sights and sounds of the decade Lincoln City events
Remarkable Oregon Coast Curiosity Coming Soon: the Water Jelly
An odd little jellyfish called the water jelly (also known as the crystal jelly). Science
Oregon's Tillamook Coast Has New Rides, Arts Events
Two new outdoor-based recreation operations have begun in the region, offering exhilarating rides. Oceanside, Pacific City, kids, Manzanita events, Rockway Beach
Rockaway Beach, Oregon Coast Virtual Tour: Southern Beaches, Shand Ave., Noct...
A rather hidden beach access at the southern tip; night video
Stonefield Beach: Views, Crazed Storm Damage, Oregon Coast Virtual Tour
Stonefield Beach can have some distinctly different vibes and moods, depending on the weather and conditions. Between Yachats and Florence

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted