[Tweeters] OT Strange "Critter" at UW

Kelly McAllister mcallisters4 at comcast.net
Thu Sep 18 18:46:06 PDT 2008


Bryozoan. Moss Animal. Pectinatella magnifica. Definately one of those
curiosities that capture people's attention and makes them wonder what they
are looking at. I've gotten numerous queries about them, often by people
thinking they are some kind of amphibian's eggs.


Kelly McAllister
Olympia, Washington

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kathy Andrich" <chukarbird at yahoo.com>
To: "tweet" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 2:54 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] OT Strange "Critter" at UW



>

> Hi Tweeters,

>

> Yes this is off topic but within the parameters I believe.

> I wish Kevin Li was still with us, as off the top of my head

> he would probably have had the best idea of what this thing is.

> I think it is a jellyfish thing. It could easily have been

> dropped, dumped or drifted to the edge of the inflow/outflow

> of the salmon ponds on campus in Portage Bay and not

> originated from fresh water. For example there is a kelp

> bullwhip in S. Lake Union which most certainly didn't

> originate in L. Union.

>

> This thing was nearly the circumference of a basketball and when

> I tossed a rock on it it tipped up enough to show a bell like shape

> like a jellyfish. I have never seen anything quite like it. It

> was gone the next time I was on campus. I hope someone who

> could identify it fished it out of the water but who knows

> what happened to it.

>

> Anyone so inclined check out the photo's and let me

> know what you think this might be.

>

> http://www.flickr.com/photos/29911178@N03/sets/72157607345921626/

>

>

> Kathy

> Roosting in Kent, near Lake Meridian

> (chukarbird at yahoo dot com)

> Any driving directions contained within this message are

> given as a courtesy, beware, author is directionally

> challenged and will not vouch for them.

>

>

>

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