NEWPORT, Ore. - The ocean waters off the Oregon coast are now full of strange looking creatures called pyrosomes that set off a glow, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials
Inside his NOAA research lab at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, oceanographer Rick Brodeur is studying the creatures.
"When I first saw it I didn't even know what it was," he said.
Brodeur says he first saw a pyrosome in this area two years ago. The creatures are normally found far offshore in the tropics. Researchers say they started showing up in astounding numbers off Oregon's coast last month.
"As an example, we had a crew out last month where they did a five-minute tow and they collected about 60,000 of them," Brodeur said.
The creatures look sort of like a translucent pickle. Each one is made up of hundreds of individual organisms working together as a colony.
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