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Sea Pearl Alga

Ventricaria ventricosa


Photo take at -35 ft on a coral reef, this pearl algae is floating on the drift alone is a common site in the Caribbean waters.when i was a kid my dad use to tell me that this are unicorns poop balls, use to fine them on the beach. This alga forms large, thin-walled, round or elliptical sacs. The sacs are single cells, among the largest known and may nearly be 5 cm long. Dark green in color with a bright reflective sheen, often covered with thin, silvery to light lavender alga.


Attached to hard objects by fine, hair-like runners, in shallow water and in turtle grass beds. Tend to be solitary, but occasionally in small groups. Found from Florida all the Caribbean sea , Central America to Brazil.

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42 Comments (1–25)

Thanks Wilson :)

Wilson W
Wilson W a year ago

Beautiful golden ball ! $_$

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart a year ago

I like it...sounds like something my dad woud say :-)

Thanks Debbie, it was his way of explain things when i was a kidd :)

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart a year ago

Love the information Gerardo, Your Dad had a good imagination haha ;-)

Thanks Injica and Jennifer :)

injica a year ago

Beautiful picture :)

JenniferRoge a year ago

That is really cool!!

Thanks Licasm, Chief, Seema, AliHp, Mac and Hemma :)

lucasm1 a year ago

Is beautiful!=) =(

Seema 2 years ago

great spotting...looks like a pearl indeed

AliHp 2 years ago

very cool!

MacChristiansen 2 years ago

Nice one Gerardo

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

great stuff as usual!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Thanks Karen and Cindy :)
Thanks Birdlady :)

birdlady6000 2 years ago

Really cool Gerardo! I see there are only 3 other Sea Pearl Alga spottings on Noah. Very unique.

LOL what a funny story! Beautiful spotting. Of course, unicorn poop would have to be beautiful! :)

KarenL 2 years ago

Fantastic spot Gerardo!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Thanks Reza :)

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 2 years ago

Wonderful spotting and story !

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Thanks matimar !

matimar1 2 years ago

Wow, that its beauty is incredible.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Thanks Sachindra :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Thanks Sumukha :)

SachindraUmesh 2 years ago


Quintana Roo, Mexico

Lat: 20.85, Long: -86.88

Spotted on Jun 29, 2012
Submitted on Jun 29, 2012

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