Giant Salp, yes ... salp not slap

A whole sequence of stills this week, taken from an NHNZ Images video.

A giant salp has drifted in from the deep and provides a banquet to which most fish invite themselves. Even staunch defenders of territory take time to enjoy this festival of food.

The salp isn't greatly nutritious but offers a treat like jelly, or candyfloss at the fair.

So what is this rare curiosity of the deep?

It's an ocean-going colony of sea squirts that filters plankton and ejects water through a tapering body that's as long as a whale. Sea squirts have adopted a very intimate and co-operative existence.

There's a good description of the filming of this giant salp written by Wade Doak in the New Zealand Dive Magazine.

Check out other inspiring, interesting and arresting moving images from NHNZ Images.

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