A sea creature that looks like a gelatinous pickle – and usually lives in tropical waters – has reportedly taken up residence en masse in the Pacific Ocean off Oregon.
The pyrosomes, for a yet-unknown reason, have ditched the tropics for the Northwest, clogging up research nets and attaching themselves to fish hooks.
A report from National Geographic says the pyrosomes began multiplying as water temperatures cooled in "The Blob" – the nickname for a mass of record-warm water along the Pacific coast of North America.
The report speculates the giant toxic algae bloom that formed in the mass of water could also have something to do with the pyrosomes' swarm, though it is still unproven.
The ocean pickle joins the ranks of deep-sea weirdos along with the peanut worm, found off Australia and alarmingly resembling a penis, reported International Business Times.
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