Where have they come from? Scientists are baffled as MILLIONS of rare ‘sea pickles’ arrive on the US west coast

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Pyrosomes are only a few millimetres long, but tend to gather in huge colonies.

Speaking to The Guardian, Olivia Blondheim, a student at the University of Oregon, said: ‘Right now we are scrambling to learn as much as possible while we have the opportunity.

‘If we continue to see this many, what impact will it have on the ecosystems here, and what economic impact on the fisheries?

‘There are so many unknowns at this point, it really is a remarkable bloom.’

Pyrosomes usually live in the upper layers of the open ocean in warm seas, although some are found a bit deeper.

The cylindrical-shape colonies are made up of thousands of individuals, known as zooids.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4632442/Millions-sea-pickles-arrive-west-coast.html#ixzz4kr38syHu

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