THE Carr Family from Dalmeny was taking advantage of the sun and checking out the beach at Glass House Rocks on Monday when they came across something strange.
The sea appeared to be full of tiny eggs, floating on the surface and washing up and the kids were able to scoop up the weird-looking, slimy material.
The Narooma News sent off the photos to experts at both National Parks and the Department of Primary Industries, and according to NPWS Wildlife officer Mike Jarman who looked at the photos, they are egg masses, probably gastropods better known as sea snails.
Further information on mystery biological mass
THE Narooma News featured a story about the Carr family of Dalmeny finding weird biological material washed up at Glasshouse Rocks in todays paper.
The initial advice from National Parks and Wlidlife Service based on the family’s photos was that “the weird stuff” could have been gastropod or sea snail eggs.
But since then the Department of Primary Industries has let the Narooma News know that local marine park rangers had actually gone down and checked out the mystery material, also washed up in Wagonga Inlet last week.
“The animals we saw were in chains and singular animals were also present along the beach, which had probably been split from the chains when they were washed up,” the rangers said.
“Based on all that I think they are a type of salp which are related to the appendicularians, and belong to the Tunicates.”