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Sea Pearl Alga

Ventricaria ventricosa

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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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39 Comments (1–25)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks Wilson :)

Wilson W
Wilson W 10 years ago

Beautiful golden ball ! $_$

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 11 years ago

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

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

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

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 11 years ago

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

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Thanks Injica and Jennifer :)

injica
injica 11 years ago

Beautiful picture :)

JenniferRoge
JenniferRoge 11 years ago

That is really cool!!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

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

Seema
Seema 11 years ago

great spotting...looks like a pearl indeed

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 11 years ago

very cool!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 11 years ago

Nice one Gerardo

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 11 years ago

great stuff as usual!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Thanks Karen and Cindy :)
Thanks Birdlady :)

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 11 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
KarenL 11 years ago

Fantastic spot Gerardo!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Thanks Reza :)

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 11 years ago

Wonderful spotting and story !

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Thanks matimar !

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Thanks Sachindra :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Thanks Sumukha :)

SachindraUmesh
SachindraUmesh 11 years ago

awesome!!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 11 years ago

Awesome..!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Thanks Bernadette , Leuba, and Leanne :):)
Very possible some algae´s are worldwide, in the sun light they are shine like a pearl that is where the name come from Jordan.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Spotted by
Gerardo Aizpuru

Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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

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