Photo of the Week: Cyclosalpa affinis
DID YOU KNOW that the salp, while it looks like a jellyfish, is actually a tunicate, a member of the phylum Chordata, and is more closely related to vertebrates than it is to jellies?
DID YOU KNOW that the salp has two distinct life phases?
- Solitary: The animal is all on its own, and reproduces asexually by producing a chain of clones, and
- Aggregate: The chain of clones remain attached together as they swim, grow, and reproduce sexually, eventually creating more solitary salps.
DID YOU KNOW that salps do not sting?
Well, now you do! :)
All photos were shot with my Tokina AF 10-17mm Fisheye Lens using the following settings:
Featured Image: f/16 at 1/125, ISO 160
Solitary salp: f/11 at 1/125, ISO 160
Aggregate salp chain: f/10 at 1/80, ISO 160