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I spotted one of these growing on one of the floats on Ivan’s dock on Saturday. Today I guess he pulled out a line and there were a mess of ’em. Anyone know what the heck these are???? 

What IS it????

ROLF: You swim in that water? Eat fish caught in that water? I wouldn’t worry about it too much. I hear that a lot of pod people lead perfectly normal lives.

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers

KRIS added his two cents:


JO: Animal, vegetable or mineral? I can’t tell if its a shell of some sort, or a seaweedy pod thing?

DOUG: Did any of you ever watch “Surface”? Me thinks the end is near…

TARA: I believe that’s a form of seaweed/kelp… which is just a large algae. =)

ME: Ew. I just like saying Ew.

RAYMOND: Maybe you should BBQ it!

MICHAELK: Looks like a phaeophyte of some kind, but we’re talking about freshwater, right? Most of the brown kelps are marine.

THERESE: Major ew. Don’t throw it back – nasty!!!

jenhudson: /shudder

Courtesy Of Ivan – A Breakthrough! http://www.villageoffruitport.com/bryozoan.htm

KRIS: Water boogers.

THERESE: Ew.  funny, but EW!

TARA: COOL! I didn’t know bryozoans did that! I would have loved to know about that when I was looking at them under the microscope last year.

ANDREW (Smith Lake Astronomer): I decided to spend some of our Alabama tax dollars and ask the pro…

Along with Bill’s pic of the rope on ‘s dock, I ask the following from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Smith Lake Representative Jerry Moss:

A friend has these odd looking “plants” growing on ropes that are in the water at Smith Lake <<Bill’s pic here.jpg>> . Can you ID this or direct me to someone that can, please?

His reply…

This is a common aquatic organism sometimes found in freshwater. They are called Bryozoans and you can find more info by doing a Google Search on your browser for Bryozoa
Good link here: http://www.millermicro.com/bryozoa.html
Jerry Moss
Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries


RICHARD: Slime in the ice machine!


From the referenced article:

“We looked, we guessed, we measured, and we used a pocket microscope. We e-mailed and Web-browsed for information, and we found it. Not fish eggs, not frog eggs, not insect larvae. They are Bryozoa, literally moss animals. Specifically, we have Pectinatella magnifica, each clump of which can grow to larger than a human head. We can hardly wait.”

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