An Ode to Salps: Our Gelatinous Marine Cousins

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Salps are more than just strange balls of goo drifting through the sea—in fact, they’re more closely related to us than they are to jellyfish, and play a huge role in marine ecosystems and the global carbon cycle as the “vacuum cleaners of the ocean”!

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https://nereusprogram.org/works/our-jelly-like-relatives-common-misconceptions-about-salps/
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