Mystery Creature Identified

Mystery Creature at WPB

Thousands of exoskeletons of transparent sea cucumber were spotted at the west end of White Park Bay recently. Experts believe they are well out of their usual waters as they have only been recorded in Ireland a handful of times and normally live in deep very oceans. There could of been as many as 500 scattered along the beach.

Fun fact: These fascinating creatures have a shrimp-like creature inside them called Phronima that live inside a planktonic tunicate salp (which is a translucent barrel) that they have killed and hollowed out. They also inspired the creation of the Queen alien character in the Aliens movies.