Can you identify what these strange things are? Rhode island.

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Frank M

East Greenwich, RI

#1 May 13, 2011
My mother went out with her friend kayaking on east greenwich cove, part of narragansett bay in east greenwich. We've heard reports of portugese man o wars about. There are these small green almost grape shaped gelatinous spheres. On one end they got these short stringy little tenticle type thing, almost like a stem from a grape vine. Their about the sized of a quarter, In water they retain their shape but when you take them out, they go flat. They don't sting, she collected them by hand. They are floating everywhere. I'm 23, I've never seen anything like them, my mothers lived here for 43 years and she's never seen them, and my grandfather has lived here for 79 years and has never seen anything like them. I originally thought they were sea gooseberries, to my knowledge though those are clear...these are not. What are they? We were thinking they were man o war eggs. I took a set of 9 photos to aid in identification.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26496161 @N08/sets/72157626587885277/
Frank M

East Greenwich, RI

#2 May 13, 2011
http://www.flickr.com/photos/26496161 @N08/sets/72157626587885277/ hmmm hope the link works this time.
Frank M

East Greenwich, RI

#3 May 13, 2011
ok let's try a short url then... http://flic.kr/s/aHsjuzotT4
Amanda

Walnut, CA

#4 May 15, 2011
It looks a lot like some species of bubble algae to me, though those are usually found in warmer waters to the south than in New England. And they should retain their shape when out of water. Is there independent movement? That's not an animal that I am familiar with.
Frank M

East Greenwich, RI

#5 May 15, 2011
Amanda wrote:
It looks a lot like some species of bubble algae to me, though those are usually found in warmer waters to the south than in New England. And they should retain their shape when out of water. Is there independent movement? That's not an animal that I am familiar with.
They appear to be similar to jellyfish, they drift with the current, their everywhere, as far as the eye can see. They do not retain their shape. You take them out and they are flat maybe 1/8 of an inch thick disk shaped.....

I've never seen anything like it...though if I had to put my finger why I ain't seen them in 23 years living here...I'd say the decline in dogfish population.

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