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FFF- September 4th

Posted on 4 September, 2015 at 18:00

 

This week's FFF isn't about fish, but something else we see on every dive.

Algae.

Did you know that there is a type of Algae that is a single cell organism that can grow up to the size of a lemon? Think about that, A single cell the size of a lemon.. It blew my mind. The Bubble Algae or Sailor's eyeball can be found in oceans throughout the world in tropical and subtropical regions. (And who knows, maybe thanks to climate change, we'll see it locally.

The single-cell organism has forms ranging from spherical to ovoid, and the color varies from grass green to dark green, although in water they may appear to be silver, teal, or even blackish.[2] This is determined by the quantity of chloroplasts of the specimen.[5] The surface of the cell shines like glass. The thallus consists of a thin-walled, tough, multinucleic cell with a diameter that ranges typically from 1 to 4 centimeters (0.39 to 1.57 in) although it may achieve a diameter of up to 5.1 centimeters (2.0 in) in rarer cases.

 



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