ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md. (WJZ) — If you’ve found circular, jellyfish-like creatures along the beach on Assateague Island — they are actually not jellyfish. They are called salps.
According to the Assateague Island National Seashore‘s Facebook page, salps are “free-swimming planktonic tunicates that are likely on the beach due to offshore phytoplankton blooms.”READ MORE: Daughter Of Keith Smith Testifies, Says Her Father Killed His Wife Jacquelyn
The salps will reproduce by cloning themselves in long chains that look like clear blobs.READ MORE: After Social Media Allegations, Police Investigating Claims Of Sexual Assaults, Gang Violence At Aberdeen High School
They were seen along the beaches of Assateague Island over the holiday weekend.
“As they pump to filter food out of the water they also move themselves forward with jet propulsion, making them one of the best vacuum cleaners of the ocean” national park officials posted.MORE NEWS: Maryland Native Tim Kurkjian To Be Honored At National Baseball Hall of Fame's Induction Ceremony